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In a recent opinion article, Gary Davidson of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) highlighted the growing need for nurses in rural Oklahoma. Answering that call is the staff and faculty of the Nursing program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO). For nearly half a century, NEO has offered licensure and degree program for nurses on campus in Miami and at the Grove Center. NEO graduates nearly 50 associate degree nurses each year through the traditional program. In addition, NEO graduates nearly 20 nurses through the Fast Track program, which allows licensed practical nurses and paramedics the opportunity to earn their associate degree.

To meet the needs of a modern nursing workforce and continue producing some of the best nurses in the nation, the NEO Nursing Program completed a curriculum revision in 2016 and renewed accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). “Addressing the nursing workforce needs of Oklahoma is particularly significant in rural areas,” Davidson noted in his article. NEO has forged partnerships with Integris Miami and other area health care providers to meet this very need. By creating a career pipeline, NEO nurses can complete clincals where they will make their career.

Northeastern Oklahoma is also home to nine Native American tribes and nations and cultural communication can be instrumental in providing outstanding care. NEO produces a diverse group of nurses, with Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognizing NEO as #2 in the nation in producing Native American associate degree RNs and top-5 in associate degree health professions. For more information on the NEO nursing program of to apply today, contact Nursing Director Debbie Morgan at demorgan@neo.edu.

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