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University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma heart Hospital

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in the health care industry, accentuating the nursing shortage and increasing the need for nurses in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the pandemic has also decreased clinical training availability for nursing students’ preparation to enter the workforce. With support from Oklahoma’s Nursing Initiative, the University of Central Oklahoma Department of Nursing set in motion a fast-track to increase the number of nursing graduates to help fill this need. The Oklahoma Heart Hospital has stepped forward as a key partner to assist by supporting both the UCO fast-track and traditional programs. The partnership between Oklahoma Heart Hospital and UCO’s Department of Nursing provides guaranteed clinical training for nursing students and is a critical contribution to addressing the shortage of nurses in the state. This partnership allows UCO nursing students to be educated and trained by exceptional nurses at both Oklahoma Heart Hospital facilities, which builds the needed workforce quickly and efficiently.  




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