Georgia senators visited a local university

Senators from Georgia recently paid a visit to the Augusta University Interdisciplinary Simulation Center. On rural medical personnel recruitment, the Senate Study Committee met. The visit discussed problems with hiring healthcare workers in rural Georgia. Local medical staff in these places often aren’t well-trained and are far from big hospitals. Senator Bo Hatchett, R-Cornelia, set up the trip. He serves a rural area in northeast Georgia.

Hatchett sponsored Senate Resolution 371 during the 2023 Georgia Legislative Session, which set up the study group. Senators Kim Jackson (D-Stone Mountain), Kay Kirkpatrick (R-Marietta), Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta), and Larry Walker III (R-Perry) are all on the committee. Concerning the lack of healthcare workers in rural Georgia, the committee’s job is to get feedback and information from the people.

Georgia Senators Visited a Local University

September’s senators’ visit highlighted Augusta University’s role in training medical staff, especially in rural areas. As dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, David Hess stressed the university’s role in filling gaps in the workforce for healthcare professionals in places that need it. It was pointed out that 120 of Georgia’s 159 counties are rural, and the state has the 40th most doctors per person.

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The interim dean of the College of Nursing, Beth NeSmith, stressed the university’s work to solve Georgia’s health care problems. Augusta University has three colleges: the Medical College of Georgia, the College of Allied Health Sciences, and the state’s top public nursing school. NeSmith stressed how important trips like these are for maintaining the university’s prominent position in healthcare.

Additionally, the study group looked into how Georgia trains certified registered nurse anaesthetists. Their conversation centred on how these and other healthcare workers can help with rural areas’ lack of medical staff. According to Shannon Broxton, an associate professor and the program and clinical director of the Nursing Anesthesia Program, the senators’ visit would help the committee decide how many healthcare workers are needed in rural Georgia.

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