Nursing News: Nurse Recruitment in High Demand in Some Areas

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 27th, 2012

More trained nurses are needed to give direct patient care and to teach. While many new grads complain about not being able to find jobs, Northwest Texas Hospital has about 80 job openings for registered nurses and an increased need for effective nurse recruitment.

Area nursing schools are working with Northwest to graduate more nurses, especially with health care reform changes. More people are expected to be insured; therefore more people are needed to provide primary care. Family nurse practitioners will help meet that need. These advanced practice nurses are educated at the master’s and doctorate levels. They’re going to be needed more at clinics, churches, and schools where they practice more independently.

Major employers of nurses and schools in Texas are meeting every two months to ensure enough nurses are graduating.

The Institute of Medicine is asking universities and colleges to get the workforce of registered nurses up to 80% by 2020. The schools of nursing are recruiting younger nurses into the profession, which is good, because there’s going to be a large number of baby boomers retiring from nursing over the next five to ten years.

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