Health care is a crucial issue in almost every community in our country. As the nation grows older those responsible for recruiting and training new medical experts are faced with challenges. Nursing might be the next hot job.
It's not professional sports, but these recruiters do hope to find the next member of their team.
Brook Donaldson of Jackson Hospital says, "There is a nationwide shortage of nurses, and with the growing population there is going to be an increase need for nurses."
Dozens of potential recruits got a chance to examine employers at Chipola College Monday.
Angie Hewitt of Protheron Health Care says, "We just look at every opportunity we can to recruit nurses. We do a lot of advertising. We try to come to schools when they are graduating."
It's estimated that nearly 44 states are experiencing a nursing shortage.
Marie Gales of Flowers Hospital says, "People like me that's been a nurse for 30 years, we're getting close to the end of our careers."
Not to mention, baby boomers are getting older, making anyone thinking about a career in nursing a hot commodity.
Angelo Bernier, a nursing student, says, "I was already familiar with it being an EMS. I just decided to further may education and go into nursing."
Marcy Murdock, another nursing student, says, "Nursing is a very rewarding job and I believe that I will have job security since there is a shortage."
Recruiters at this job fair say it’s not just about competing with hospitals any more.
"You can work in a physician's office. You can be a school nurse. You can work in industry. You can teach. There's just so many opportunities that are available to people who seek this career."
Experts say the health care industry will need more than one million new nurses by the year 2012.
According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the number of first time nursing students taking the national licensure examination from 1995 to 2003 decreased by 20 percent.