Times Standard (Eureka)

CR, Cal Poly will build health care workforce

- Keith Flamer

College of the Redwoods and Cal Poly Humboldt believe that to improve health care in our region, we must increase the nursing workforce. We recognize our workforce as the most valuable component in the health care system. We know that without a workforce, there will be no one to care for the people who need help the most in our community.

College of Redwoods and Cal Poly Humboldt clearly understand that developing a collaborat­ive relationsh­ip between our institutio­ns to improve our region’s nursing workforce is a mutually beneficial strategy. We have discussed the rewards of our collaborat­ion in the past. We can point to Cal Poly Humboldt’s bold move to create a new bachelor of nursing degree under the leadership of Dr. Kim Perris. We can also highlight College of the Redwoods’ commitment to hire more nursing faculty, hire Shauna Burdick as our dean of allied health, refurbish the nursing skills lab at our Del Norte campus, provide more funding to increase the number of students in our nursing program, and move from a lottery-based admissions process to a merit-based admissions process, taking care to ensure that admissions metrics support student equity.

We can also point to our collaborat­ion with Sen. Mike McGuire to develop a joint College of the Redwoods/Cal Poly Humboldt Health Care Education Hub. This will be a state-of-the-art innovation center with multiple high-fidelity simulation labs that will replicate pre-hospital care, intra-hospital care, and home care experience­s. The facility will have space for classrooms and a conference site for Cal Poly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods. In addition to nursing education, we envision using this space for a simulation center, lab space, and to train allied health profession­als such as psychiatri­c technician­s, scrub technician­s, respirator­y therapy, radiology technician­s, and more.

Recently, the CR/Cal Poly Humboldt collaborat­ion has produced another bold initiative that will positively impact the quality of healthcare in our community. Cal Poly Humboldt President Dr. Tom Jackson and I signed a memorandum of understand­ing between our two wonderful institutio­ns, establishi­ng an associate degree in nursing (ADN) to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) concurrent enrollment collaborat­e program. The purpose of this collaborat­ive program is to offer a streamline­d, efficient, and seamless pathway for CR’s ADN students to transfer to the Cal Poly Humboldt nursing program to complete a BSN degree.

The beauty of the program lies in the fact that it will enable College of the Redwoods’ ADN students an opportunit­y to engage in ADN and BSN coursework at CR and Cal Poly Humboldt at the same time, saving them both time and money, and providing a seamless transition to Cal Poly Humboldt to complete their BSN degree without interrupti­on in their coursework.

Dr. Jackson and I are confident that this concurrent enrollment program will help us prepare workforce-ready ADN-to-BSN graduates and will increase the number of BSN nursing profession­als available for work in the region. This program builds on the existing excellence and diversity of the nursing programs at CR and Cal Poly Humboldt.

I want to thank Cal Poly Humboldt on behalf of the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees, faculty, students and staff for its innovation, collaborat­ion, and commitment to our region’s students.

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