Nursing website wins prestigious award for effective online orientation

The Michigan Health Council has selected Oakwood’s nursing student orientation website as a winner of the 2013 Building Michigan’s Health Care Workforce Awards for Education and Training Strategies.

Oakwood is a prime site for students from healthcare training programs, colleges and universities in southeastern Michigan to come for clinical placements to complete their education. The healthcare system supports about 2,000 nursing student clinical placements each year, in addition to those for students of social work, rehab services, spiritual support, phlebotomy, surgical technology and ambulatory services.

To become more efficient with orientation requirements for nursing student clinical placements, Oakwood moved its orientation online in 2006, providing electronic tools and training for students and faculty. Since then, the website has expanded to orient other health education students, providing clinical alerts and resources, regulatory information and more.

“Oakwood’s online orientation method has allowed us to become much more efficient and effective,” says Sandra Schmitt, RN, BSN, Manager of Nursing Development. “This flexible format is easy to update and expand so we can easily adapt to the needs of health care students now and in the future.” 

“I am proud of our nursing education team’s dedication to quality and service to benefit our students and faculty as well as our patients,” states Barbara R. Medvec, RN, MSA, MSN, Oakwood’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “Receiving this award from the Michigan Health Council recognizes Oakwood as a high quality, welcoming place for students to receive clinical training and start their healthcare careers.”

The Michigan Health Council is a solutions-oriented non-profit organization on a mission to develop a premier health care workforce in every Michigan community.
CUTLINE: Oakwood clinical educator David R. Haines, MSN, RN (left) and Sandra Schmitt, BSN, RN, Oakwood’s Manager of Nursing Development (center) receive the Building Michigan’s Health Care Workforce Award for Education and Training Strategies. The award was presented by the Michigan Health Council.