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Optum beefs up online education program for nurses

Optum, a healthcare services provider, steps up its learning program that would provide employees with free, self-paced classes to help improve clinical domain knowledge.

Optum has also extended the program to participants outside of its talent pool, creating RN Ready Plus, which aims to provide its partners with additional clinical educational courses and materials that can be used by nurses, nursing graduates, and nursing students to further their knowledge in the field.

The program offers free, non-exclusive, online courses with on-demand training for its enrollees, eliminating any additional costs one would need not only for enrollment, but also transportation, course materials, and the like, essentially prioritizing the enrollee and their personal development above anything else.

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According to its data, Optum has helped enrich the clinical education of over 1,122 nursing students throughout the country just a year after it started its operations and continues to grow with the support of institutional partners Angeles University, Far Eastern University, and Manila Doctors Hospital.

RN Ready Plus

The RN Ready Plus program makes these clinical education resources more accessible, allowing nurses to balance their studies and current workloads without worrying about the financial and logistical constraints that often hinder them from acquiring their CPD. 

With many globally competitive courses available and more under development, enrollees of the program have access to a wide range of topics from clinical discipline to advance nursing concepts in Mental Health, Nursing Informatics, and International Healthcare Systems. These courses are taught with a centralized learning management system and advanced technology that utilizes digital learning, virtual reality, streaming, and learner tracking.

The RN Ready Plus program is only one out of several self-development and employee-centered programs we at Optum have produced in recent years. The nursing profession and healthcare industry offer multiple career growth opportunities and many pathways to leadership and thus inspire us at Optum to foster a community of professionals always ready to seize new opportunities. Other upcoming initiatives include programs and events designed for healthcare professionals to engage with other industry stakeholders and other upskilling programs for aspiring/practicing nurses.

“Beyond the benefits of upskilling our own workforce, Optum sees the value of taking steps such as the RN Ready Plus program to further encourage sustainable change within the local healthcare industry,” the company said in a statement.