Cherokee Nation recruiter visits Practical Nursing Program at Claremore

Cherokee Nation recruiter visits Practical Nursing Program at Claremore
Posted on 02/13/2018
Monthly guest speakers are a regular part of the PN curriculum at Northeast Tech’s Claremore campus, and the most recent guest speaker to visit the classroom was Laura Lundberg, an RN and nurse recruiter for the Cherokee Nation.In addition to the volumes of bookwork and long clinical hours, face-to-face contact with potential employers is one of the reasons why so many of Northeast Tech’s practical nursing (PN) students find gainful employment. Monthly guest speakers are a regular part of the PN curriculum, because ultimately, the students need a job and the employers need a trained workforce.

“We bring in guest speakers from the healthcare industry to help our students stay on the cutting edge of an ever evolving industry,” said Practical Nursing Instructor Cinda Meadors. “This exposes them to various healthcare topics and enriches our curriculum.”

Upon graduation from the program, many of the PN graduates immediately begin their careers, while others are interested in pursuing advanced medical degrees.

“We also have representatives from educational institutions such as OU, NEO and RSU come in a speak about their bridge programs,” Meadors said. “A large percentage of our students continue their education by pursuing a higher nursing degree after finishing they practical nursing program.”

The most recent guest speaker to visit the PN classroom in Claremore was Laura Lundberg, an RN and nurse recruiter for the Cherokee Nation. A lifelong beneficiary of Indian healthcare, Lundberg has spent most of her career with the Cherokee Nation, and she would have it no other way.

“What has kept me with the Cherokee Nation is that they have treated me like family,” Lundberg said. “I can’t see myself anywhere else. I love what I do and where I do it.”

Lundberg began her presentation by sharing a bit of her own professional journey, but she spent the majority of her time informing the students about the many opportunities available within the Cherokee Nation.

“We are growing by leaps and bounds, adding more nursing positions each year,” Lundberg said. “Most of our health centers are brand new or newly remodeled, and we are opening a new outpatient facility in 2019, adding another 300 nursing jobs.”

Lundberg’s presentation included the many different healthcare career options available within the Cherokee Nation – pediatrics women's health, podiatry, ER, ICU, diabetes program, behavioral health, EMS, etc. – as well as the hourly rate of pay, benefits, insurance and retirement plans. For those interested in pursuing higher education, Lundberg also shared information about the Cherokee Nation’s tuition reimbursement program.

“We do not have a high turnover rate, which makes it a lengthy process to get a job with us, but I hope that tells you how much people like working at Cherokee Nation,” said Lundberg.

At the conclusion of her presentation, Lundberg shared her contact information and then stepped into an adjoining room to conduct mock interviews with the senior students preparing to complete the program.

For her part, Meadors hopes that regular interaction with industry experts like Lundberg will continue to ensure her students experience success in whatever career path they choose.

“Our students are employed in many different clinical settings such as area nursing homes, urgent care, home health, hospice and hospitals,” Meadors said. “By giving them a solid education and then connecting them with local employers, not only are we preparing our students for success, we’re spreading that success into the local communities that benefit from a well-trained workforce.”
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