Pictured (left to right) are Katy Wilkens, chief nurse, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System; Nikki Phillips, director of clinical education and resources; Melissa Hollis, Registered Clinical Nurse Educator; Brooke Dorsey, Registered Clinical Nurse Educator; Dr. Steen Trawick, President and CEO and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System; BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.; Holly French-Heart, provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs and institutional effectiveness; Michael Whitaker, dean of nursing and allied health; Heather Weldon, lab coordinator; and Joseph Brownlee, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. (Amanda Crane, BPCC Public Relations)

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is thrilled to announce a partnership with CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System to support the staffing of clinical instructors for its nursing and allied health programs.

The grant awarded by CHRISTUS Health is paid to the BPCC Foundation to support this new partnership. The CHRISTUS clinical training team worked closely to outline this new partnership created to help increase class sizes and train more nurses locally.

“Health systems across the country continue to struggle with nurse staffing. We do everything we can to hire and retain new nurses. Our main goal is to attract and educate nursing students with more flexibility and access during their studies and clinics. We hope to see an increase of 10 to 20 nursing student applicants each year,” said Dr. Steen Trawick, CEO and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System.

“The BPCC Foundation is committed to supporting Bossier Parish Community College’s nursing programs through grants, scholarships, chairs, and other support programs. This partnership with CHRISTUS Health specifically recognizes an essential component of the production of nursing professionals in the local and regional economy. We look forward to continuing this relationship with CHRISTUS Health in the years to come to meet the urgent need for nurses in our community,” said Susannah Stinson, JD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, Bossier Parish Community College.

The faculty grant supporting the Clinical Instructor position was awarded in time for the Fall 2022 semester to benefit incoming nursing students. The initial donation will support the salary of the position for two years; will then be assessed annually based on the number of applicants and hires of graduates from the BPCC nursing program.

“Our goal is to produce quality nurses with the skills to be an effective member of a health care team within the community,” said Michael Whitaker, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “This partnership with CHRISTUS Health is a remarkable opportunity to expand our nursing faculty and help educate more nursing graduates with key values ​​of integrity, accountability and professionalism. “

The strategic direction of the partnership is centered on increasing the number of clinical students in training within the healthcare system by implementing alternative scheduling opportunities, including evenings and weekends. These additional options will allow the program to increase the number of students in training at local institutions and aim to increase the number of graduate nurses within the Shreveport-Bossier community.

“The partnership with our local universities is invaluable to CHRISTUS Health and our ability to continue to serve our community. Schools shape our nurses and strengthen their education while providing growth, knowledge and skills. We are so grateful for their support and partnership as together we are building a workforce that will bring healing and better health to our community,” said Katy Wilkens, Chief Nursing Officer, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System. .

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System works continuously with area schools of nursing to attract more students into the health care field and to facilitate hands-on clinical training at our hospitals for their clinical students.

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