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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Supporting Nursing Education
04/16/2007

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Heath Care Report.”

Anyone who has been a hospital patient knows the importance of trained nurses, who are one of the keys to quality care. Unfortunately, communities across the state face a shortage of nurses, and our schools are unable to educate and train enough nurses to meet growing demand.

There are plenty of people who want to become nurses. The problem is that we lack enough qualified instructors to train them. Many nursing programs turn away students because there aren’t enough faculty to provide the necessary one-on-one instruction.

The Texas Legislature is considering proposals that could help alleviate the shortage. THR is also doing its part with innovative programs for nursing education.

For example, THR currently pays the salaries of four nursing instructors who teach in the UT-Arlington School of Nursing. Two of those nurses teach in the R.N. to B.S.N. program, and two others teach the Masters in Nursing Administration. The courses are taught at our hospitals and are open to nurses from other hospitals as well as our own. Since we implemented the programs, 35 nurse-employees have participated, and the programs continue to grow.

This is just one example of what THR is doing to help alleviate the shortage of nurses.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals –Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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