IDABEL, OK (Feb. 21,
2019) – Eastern Oklahoma State College (EOSC) recently hosted its annual Nursing
Advisory Board meeting on Feb. 21 at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University
McCurtain County Campus (SEMCC) in Idabel. Numerous representatives attended
the meeting, including McCurtain Memorial Hospital, May’s Hospice, Kiamichi
Technology Center, Paris Regional Hospital, and various representatives from
EOSC Nursing Director
Gina Bullock reported that a recent survey of 2018 graduates showed a job
placement rate of 94 percent. Of those graduates, 88 percent reported an
average starting salary above $40,000 a year. Bullock also reported that the
Idabel nursing program’s completion rate increased for the third consecutive
year from 70 percent in 2016 to 93 percent in 2018. Student evaluation comments
regarding their clinical sites were positive concerning the McCurtain Memorial
Hospital, with many expressing that they enjoyed their experiences there and
appreciated the helpful staff and inclusive environment.
EOSC has offered the
Registered Nursing (R.N.) program at the Idabel campus since the early 1990s. Student
can choose from two tracks to earn a degree. The traditional, basic licensure
program accepts applications for the freshman nursing class every February to begin
the nursing program the following fall term. These students typically have
already taken pre-requisite courses necessary to being the program. A
transition program is also available for students who are already licensed
practical nurses (LPN) or paramedics. Applications for the transition program
are accepted each October with courses beginning in January of each year. Students
can earn LPN and paramedic licenses from programs such as those offered at the
Kiamichi Technology Center.
will host a College Night on March 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for all prospective
students. Those interested in learning more about the programs offered at the
Idabel campus, including nursing, are welcome to attend the event. A
scholarship drawing will be held for students who attend.
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Several McCurtain County students join Instructor Kelly Gamble
to look at the artwork of Idabel native Harold Stevenson. Two paintings by the
late Harold Stevenson, as well as a matador suit worn by El Cordobes (the
subject of one of Harold’s more famous paintings), are on display in the main
lobby of the McCurtain County Campus. Several of Harold’s painting are on
display throughout McCurtain County, including Mauro, which is on
exhibit at the Museum of the Red River.
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