Healthcare News: Outside Industries Training Workers to Become Nursing Professionals

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 5th, 2012

Former warehouse, factory and autoworkers are still lifting, but trading in their coveralls and job uncertainty for nurses’ scrubs and becoming nursing professionals. Hard figures are elusive, but the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth estimates a shortage of 18,000 nurses in the state by 2015, and their labor force is adapting.

Oakland University in nearby Rochester, Mich., has established a program specifically to retrain autoworkers in nursing, approximately 50 a year since 2009. The College of Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit is enrolling a wide range of people, including former manufacturing workers, who are switching to health careers.

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