NEVADA, MO.--- "We have a templet to go by to use in all areas of health care, both clinical and non clinical, but the first step is to get a formalized program for the nursing venue," said Heather Brockmeyer, NRMC Human Resources Officer.
Heather Brockmeyer is the administrative officer of human resources at Nevada Regional Medical Center. She says the grant money will be used first to develop a "Grow Your Own" nursing program.
"We'll also be developing a preceptor program where a very experienced nurse will be with someone who is less experienced, and help mentor and go with them through that preceptorship and help them through some of the challenges that they will face in the nursing field," said Brockmeyer.
The president and CEO of the Nevada Regional Medical Center says hospitals will be undergoing a lot of changes in regards to payments and electronic medical records.
To encourage our current staff, to pursue more education and we're going to be working with them in a lot of different ways to make sure they get that training," said Judy Feuquay, NRMC President and CEO.
She tells us the problem is there for an aging population and an aging workforce. While training current staff, the health care providers will also work to recruit younger health care workers.
"About 50 percent of those individuals who are in health care are over 50 years old, so we need to address what we need to do to bering younger people into the field and equip them to take on these positions," said Feuquay.
With the greater number of skilled workers needed to make these changes successful, the grant money will assist in promoting professional growth with educational opportunities.
"People in all these professions we are talking about that may say 'I'm out of here, I don't want to learn this,' but we have just as many that are committed to providing care. So, they're putting in the effort and the time to get trained," said Brockmeyer.
The Affordable Care Act will also provide insurance to more people. With more people having health insurance, that means the need for healthcare providers will increase. Plus, patients are continuing to live longer, thus increasing the demand even further.
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