UTPB nursing program partners with ECSO

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ODESSA, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – UTPB nursing students will soon get more hands-on experience in their field by doing their clinical hours at the Ector County Detention Center.

Diana Ruiz, chair of the undergraduate program for the college of nursing, says students will have the chance to dive more rooted in the community.

“When we told our students that it was coming, they were so excited,” she says. “We’ve never been able to do anything like that; you don’t know what you love in nursing unless you get to experience it.”

UTPB nurses will head into the new year with a bang by doing something different in their program.

“The medical treatment within a correctional facility is incredibly different than you would experience at a local hospital,” Ruiz says. “They have a lot of rules and regulations. So I think it’ll be a great learning experience for the students to really understand how do you deliver compassionate, safe care to patients while they are incarcerated.”

The nursing program requires 22 students to complete 90 hours of hands-on experience. They’ll be treating everything from colds to broken bones.

“Not only will it help the students, but it will help us also to have a little extra help,” Sheriff Mike Griffis says. “It might be a nice recruiting tool; maybe some of those nurses will decide to be employed here at the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and fill in some vacancies we have here.”

In January, students will begin their clinical hours.

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