Ada — Thanks to a valued partnership between two institutions and the Texoma Health Foundation, the East Central University at Southeastern Nursing Department in Durant is receiving a $55,000 grant to update its facility.
The update will help expand opportunities for nursing candidates.
“We would not have been able to accomplish this without the help of the Texoma Health Foundation. This is a major cooperative effort by two institutions of higher learning and the Texoma Health Foundation,” said ECU President John R. Hargrave. “It will help our students, placing them in a more enhanced learning environment and benefit the residents of a four-county area in Oklahoma and Texas.”
The grant, provided by the Texoma Health Foundation, will help accommodate 32 additional nursing students, for a total of 95, in the program on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus.
“Nursing is a priority, a high priority. We value our partnership with the ECU at Southeastern program and we really wanted to see its continued growth,” said Michelle Lemming, president and CEO of the Texoma Health Foundation.
“We continue to see a shortage of nurses in the Texoma area and really throughout the nation. We hear it with hospitals and other health facilities we partner with that ECU graduates are in their facilities making a difference.”
The plan involves two parts: a) removal of the wall between the current computer lab and the current physical assessment lab to expand the student computer lab; and b) create space for a new physical assessment lab.
“We will have the ability to test students in one room, instead of dividing them up at different times,” said Kristy Calloway, new director of ECU at Southeastern Nursing Department. “This (project) gives us greater ability to practice skills and simulations.”
Calloway, a certified nursing educator, has served as an instructor in Durant since 2009 and recently succeeded Dr. Deborah Flowers as the program coordinator after Flowers retired.