Creating a better future for healthcare,
one student at a time
Duncan Regional Hospital is very proud to be one of the first hospitals in the state working collaboratively with The University of Oklahoma to help offset the broadening and frightening shortage of nursing staff within the state of Oklahoma. This new initiative will allow many more nurses to graduate each year and offer their finely honed services and skills to patients within Stephens County and beyond.
The DRH Learning Center is approximately 12,000 square feet of educational space that contains 5-classrooms, state-of-the-art clinical training equipment, an educational auditorium, two skills labs, computer lab, student study space, and faculty offices. It is equipped with:
- An 8-bed skills lab that can be divided into 2 skills labs with 4 beds each and each lab will have a full hospital room compliment;
- A computer lab with 12 computer stations;
- Meta-Man and Meta-Baby with compatible teacher monitoring/facilitating equipment;
- Office space for the faculty from both nursing schools, and;
- Satellite technology for distance learning
We are committed to bringing
Excellence in nursing education
To ensure excellent patient care
If interested in the available naming opportunities call the Foundation office at (580) 251-6640. Click Here to View the Map of Naming Opportunities.
The Importance of the Learning Center
"Ultimately, it's about taking care of our community. By providing nursing education closer to home, we provide students the most convenient opportunity to become a nurse. By educating nurses on the hospital campus, we increase the number of students who are exposed to our facility, technology, and culture; thereby increasing the odds that they will find DRH a favorable place to work post-graduation. And by decreasing the nursing shortage in our community, we are able to provide the best nursing support for our doctors, the best environment for our nurses to work, and the best nursing care for our patients. It's all about taking care of our community!"
Reggie Pennypacker, RN, BSN, DRH Education Coordinator
"According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there will be more than 2.9 million RN's employed in the year 2012. However, more than 11,000 qualified applicants will have to be turned away because of insufficient numbers of faculty, classrooms, and clinical sites."
Source: The American Nurses Association
"With more faculty, schools could admit more qualified students; nursing programs in Oklahoma rejected an average of 43 percent of their qualified student applicants in 2005. Oklahoma schools need 156 more nursing faculty members."
Source: The Oklahoman, February 18, 2006
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DRH Health Foundation
PO Box 2000
Duncan, OK 73534
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