OU Health investing $25 million in nursing workforce

NORMAN, Okla. — OU Health is investing $25 million into its nursing workforce, including pay increases for frontline nurses and nurse supervisors.

This comes after OU Health invested $50 million in its workforce in 2021 for benefits like paid parental leave and $20 thousand in fertility services per employee.

“Nursing is the absolute cornerstone of direct patient care,” said Harold Burkhart, M.D., acting CEO of OU Health. “At OU Health, we intend to revolutionize key components of the nursing career experience, from compensation that is meaningful and appropriate to staffing models that are rational and flexible.”

The OU College of Nursing is also establishing new programs at the Norman Regional Hospital Health System in Norman, and at Duncan Regional Hospital in Duncan.

The pandemic is impacting the nursing workforce across the U.S., creating workforce fatigue and nursing shortages. OU Health hopes this funding in benefits and education will retain nurses and boost recruitment efforts.

If you are interested in OU’s nursing program, click here.