- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The University of Mississippi Medical Center is laying off 10 nurse educators and four others on Sept. 30.

Hospital spokesman Marc Rolph tells The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1eeRFDs ) the layoffs will not affect bedside or direct patient care nurses.

Rolph says the 14 will have “priority status” for any open positions they are qualified for.

Rolph says UMMC scheduled the layoffs after determining there was an overlap of responsibilities.

Rolph says the responsibilities of the hospital education department will be assessed and those duties deemed necessary to continue will be reassigned to other staff.

He says UMMC uses multiple methods of delivering education including online learning and ongoing competency assessment.

He says each nursing unit at UMMC has a dedicated, unit-based educator.

UMMC laid off 115 workers in 2012 in a cost-saving move.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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