Health Care

New computer system at Wesley to schedule clinicals for nursing students

Wesley Medical Center plans to add a new computer system to schedule clinicals for nursing students from area schools, officials said.

The system, called Clinical Hub, will require students to pay an estimated fee of $20 starting in fall 2014 when the system goes into place, said Mark Doering, Wesley’s staff development manager.

“It’s long overdue,” Doering said.

Currently, the hospital uses old-fashioned pen and paper to do most of the scheduling. Doering said other hospitals in the Hospital Corporation of America system have similar software.

Doering said they will start with nursing clinicals and may eventually move on to using the program for other students in related medical fields, like radiology technicians or respiratory care.

Eventually, Doering said they hope to use the system at hospitals and clinics across the city, including Via Christi, to help streamline the scheduling for students.

Hope Helferich, clinical affiliations coordinator at Wesley, said the hospital will not profit in any way from the fee and that it will go toward the expense of purchasing the program.

About 800 nursing students have clinicals at Wesley each semester.

Undergraduate nursing students at Wichita State University generally have more than 1,000 hours of clinical experience, including lab and simulation, throughout the four-semester program, said Betty Smith-Campbell, chair and professor at Wichita State’s school of nursing.

Smith-Campbell said that Wichita State administration will need to assess the fee before it is approved.

“Ideally there would be no fees, but we live in a world where that has to happen,” Smith-Campbell said.

Other schools that will likely take part include Butler Community College and Newman University, Doering said.

Students in clinicals already pay fees for immunizations and liability insurance, Smith-Campbell said.