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Did You Know April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

  1. Super Important!!! And if we put the word “super” in front of anything, you know it’s special! (ha!!)  Make plans to attend  CareerTech’s “Exploring Career Opportunities in Oklahoma Health Care” session featuring a panel of industry experts. This virtual discussion will be held on Zoom on Thursday, April 29 at 2 p.m. The registration link is below. Participants will listen to health care leaders in Oklahoma discuss the demand for more health care workers, new career opportunities in health care and salary expectations for these occupations. The panel will include Jane Nelson, CEO of the Oklahoma Nurses Association, Denise Webber, President and CEO of Stillwater Medical Center, and Patti Davis, President of the Oklahoma Hospital Association.   Oklahoma Healthcare Industry Panel Registration Link
  2. You’re not going to believe this…..but a recent Penn State study investigated the most widespread triggers of mental stress for teachers.  The study found that job demands and access to work resources were the most common causes of stress among educators.  This was often due to new policies or new classroom strategies being implemented without teachers’ being given structured training and support.  WHAT????!!!!  I know you are sitting there nodding while you’re reading, thinking…..this isn’t news!  But, in case you want to be vindicated by science, you can read the study here:  teacher_Stress_and_health.pdf (
  3. Thank you so much to those of you who participated in OHCETA’s Virtual Day at the Capitol!  We ended up with almost 100 participants in the Scavenger Hunt and I believe a lucky winner or winners will be chosen and notified of their prize!  Great job to Amy Warner from Francis Tuttle who put the website all together!  Just another example of what we can accomplish when we share!
  4. The next Wednesday Webinar by the National Consortium for Health Science will be “Using Simulations to Engage and Excite Students in Health Science” with Mark Hoffman and Noe Macias, NGL| Cengage Consultants.  This session will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 and will begin at 3pm CST.  Register 
  5. Ever thought, how can I get involved on a state level?  Well, if you’re a Nurse, this is for you!!  Please find attached the criteria for upcoming board member appointments to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.  If you are interested or know someone else who would be fantastic, I need you to do TWO things!  1.  Email Lara with the contact information for each person who would like to be considered (address, email and day time phone number) and 2.  Go to the appointment website and complete the application process:  Governor's Appointments Utility (    Attached, you’ll find the specific information for what parts of the state and what role the nurse needs to be currently engaged in.  For example, they might need a Registered Nurse who is from a specific region/counties who is employed in Long Term Care.  The positions are very specific!!
  6. Congratulations to all of our HOSA winners!!!  First place winners should be receiving their medals and honorariums very soon!  We wish you the very best of luck in the International HOSA Leadership Conference!! 
  7. Metro Tech adds lab for first responders:  A new lab at Metro Technology Centers is providing additional training to first responders.The technology center announced earlier this month that it has received approval for a cadaver lab for first responder training. More than 40 first responders have already practiced lifesaving skills in the lab at Metro Tech’s Springlake Campus. It is the first Oklahoma technology center to house a human cadaver lab program. Metro Tech partnered with the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine and its Willed Body Program to host classes. “21 century skills are created when partnerships come together serving a larger purpose. This is a great example of how we are helping our students and first responders in our state get real life training,” said Aaron Collins, superintendent and CEO. Read more on Metro Tech’s website
  8. Using Simulations to Engage and Excite Students in Health Science, NCHSE’s Wednesday Webinar for THIS Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:00pm CST.  The new DHO:  Health Science 9th edition will be featured!  Register NOW for this FREE webinar.  Meeting Registration - Zoom   On May 5, 2021, learn “Five Surprising Facts about Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists on the final webinar of 2021 School Year.  Did you know that Audiologists and Speech Therapists make approximately $80,000 per year???  Learn more by registering here: Meeting Registration - Zoom
  9. Another opportunity for internships:  Virtual Global Health Internships into Health Science Education.  If you’d like to learn more, check out their blog or visit   You can also contact Callie Roberts, International Programs and Partnerships Manager at  
  10. We know you care deeply about your students and want to help them when they're struggling... But combined with an overwhelming workload, teachers are at risk of compassion fatigue.  Join us for a FREE online webinar where we discuss the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue as well as ways to avoid teacher burnout. Grab your spot now.
  11. Anatomy In Clay is offering professional development titled “Virtual Musculoskeletal & Body Systems Professional Development July 14 & 15, 2021 from 9:30-4:30 Central Standard Time.  Register by May 21 and save $100!  Early Bird Registration:  $575 and includes a MANIKEN® model, clay, tools and instructional workbooks.  For details and to register:  LIVE, Virtual Musculoskeletal and Body Systems Professional Development Registration, Wed, Jul 14, 2021 at 10:30 AM | Eventbrite
  12.   For those of you who like to torture your own children, or by a miracle have kids who just want to learn, no matter what, consider using some of these free, online courses for students:  Free Online Courses for Students- 6 Good Sources | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning (
  13. And finally, for your legislative update:
    • The pay of school support staff will be protected during future epidemics and state emergencies thanks to legislation signed into law Tuesday. Senate Bill 807, by Sen. Chris Kidd, R- Waurika, will ensure support staff have the same pay protections during such events as teachers and administrators.
    • The Redbud School Funding Act, SB229 says: This bill fixes funding disparities and ends the uncertainty the Board of Education’s legal settlement created. A majority of school districts will receive more funding under the Redbud School Funding Act without taking funds from one type of school to fund another.
    • Senate Bill 2 is legislation that protects opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring they are not forced to compete against biological men playing on women’s sports teams
    • Under HB 1124, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, with input from the Rural Broadband Expansion Council, would promulgate rules and procedures for the establishment of the State Broadband Deployment Grant Program. This will include development of a competitive grant program to award funding to applicants seeking to expand access to broadband Internet service in Oklahoma. The bill directs Commerce and the Council to look at best practices in other states to help facilitate the framework of the program and creates a revolving fund.
    • Paraphrase: HB1568, by Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa and Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow, creates Maria's Law. It requires that the State Board of Education mandate all schools, as part of any health education curriculum, to include instruction in mental health, with an emphasis on the interrelation of physical and mental well-being, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. It requires the Board to collaborate with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to adopt standards and approve age-appropriate curriculum options for students in grades kindergarten through twelve. It requires the standards and curriculum lists to be available on the website of the State Department of Education.
    • Paraphrase: HB1593, by Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa and Sen. Brenda Stanley, R-Midwest City, requires a local district board of education to mandate a program for seventh-grade through twelfth-grade teachers emphasizing the importance of incorporating workplace safety training into the curriculum. It requires the program to be completed the first year a certified teacher is employed by a school district, and then once every third academic year.
    • Paraphrase: HB1598, by Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa and Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, authorizes the State Department of Education to maintain a statewide registry of vision screeners approved by the State Department of Health that schools may use to test students' vision.
    • Paraphrase: HB1775, by Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore and Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, prohibits any institution of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education from requiring any enrolled student to engage in any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling. It provides that voluntary counseling is not prohibited. It prohibits any orientation or requirement that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or a bias on the basis of race or sex.
    • Paraphrase: SB0639, by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond and Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, permits Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), also known as Oklahoma's Promise, awards for postsecondary career and technology programs that have been identified as critical occupation areas. It directs Oklahoma Department of Commerce executive director, in consultation with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, to publish by Oct. 1, 2021, and each June 30 thereafter, a list of critical occupation areas that meet the guidelines of identified core competencies of the state based on wealth generation, growth potential and competitive advantage.
  14. I received this information today and thought I would share.  Perhaps it could be used as a tool (with some minor revision) for a Health Education project for HOSA….or as a classroom experience when you are discussing mental health, growth and development of teens, or maybe to pass on to the school counselor:  Microsoft Word - Revised Dealing with Trauma TF-CBTWorkbook for Teens .doc (

The weeks are growing short.  The time for the end of school events are pressing in on the high school programs/students.  This is the time of year it is easy to get caught up in things and forget to see each event as what makes life special instead of thinking just about what all needs to be done.  My most favorite company now is called Natural Life and they have “chirps” or great phrases to go on t-shirts and signs.  I’ll leave you with a few…….  “Be the reason someone believes in the Goodness of people” and “She believed she could, but she needed a break and said no” and my favorite: A wise girl once said “Let that *&!+ go and she lived happily ever after!”

Lara Morris
HCE State Program Manager

Last Modified on Oct 04, 2021
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