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The nursing boom

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The economy is struggling, companies are closing, and jobs are being lost. However, the health care industry is continuing to boom. More students want to enter the health care field, and more qualified workers are needed. The problem is there is a limited amount of space and resources to teach them, which is a problem local schools are addressing. Uriah Duong has degrees in political science and biology, but despite his education, he says it is still hard to find a job. He then decided to go back to school for radiology. "I like the job security that comes along with radiology. My friend graduated from this program and has a job and really enjoys it." Cape Fear Community College Health Science and Nursing Department Chair, Regina McBarron, said that job security is a sure thing in the health care field. "Health care is always going to be in demand. People will always be sick. We have an increasing retiring population in south eastern North Carolina." According to the UNC Wilmington Nursing School Dean, there is an 8% vacancy across the state in nursing alone, and getting the training to fill those vacancies is not easy. To meet this demand, there is a bond referendum on the November ballot that if passed, will help CFCC fund a new health sciences building. UNC Wilmington just broke ground on its new 80,000 square foot nursing building. Local hospitals hope the expanded programs will train enough qualified health care professionals to fill their growing needs. The UNC Wilmington nursing building is set to be complete by August 2010. Health science professors say there will be plenty of jobs in the future of health care as the population continues to rise and baby boomers age, retire and need more assistance.

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Nursing at NNHN

We have great local nursing training programs. The local hospital system just does not offer competitive wages when nurses complete their training. The local hospitals have a very bloated and thick layer of ex-nurses who now do administrative things. The majority of these were critical care nurses that likley have kept their high salary. So we are paying many nurses not to nurse. A magnet facility should be a place that is exciting to work at. It turns out that a facility only needs to fill binders full of documentation and pay for that magnet status and the work conditions remain unchanged.

Without a doubt this area is

Without a doubt this area is in desperate need of new facilities for the increased demand of nurses. HOWEVER, I feel truly sorry for those wanting to work at NEW HANOVER MEDICAL REGIONAL CENTER. The hospital has a 35% NURSE turnover rate, which is documented and well-known. They have spent millions of money on new buildings and on recertification of the magnet status howevever they have 100% completely NEGELECTED the nurses who have allowed them to pursue such endeavors. Please feel free to ask ANY NURSE that works at either Cape Fear and New Hanover and ask them if they are overworked,underpaid,if the patient to nurse ratio is SAFE, and if they would send their loved ones to New Hanover if they had any other choice. They have attempted to implement a program to reduce the turnover...Lots of talk..blah..blah..blah...The managment continues to BITE the HAND that FEEDS THEM!!! Jack Barto...some advice...before you completely lose all your nurses...quit taking raises for yourself...are you PROUD of losing nurses??? You have expanded the hosptial to something which has stretched EVERY department to it's max and at what cost...the people whom you led to believe the hospital is a good place to work at!!

Nursing shortage

Very informative segment on the nursing shortage and how Cape Fear and UNC-W are trying to do their part in correcting the situation. As a baby boomer, it is reassuring that there are these impressive programs which have the tough standards for entrance, as noted by the well articulated radiography student. Seeing the hands on training only reassures those of us entering our golden years that excellent health care will be available! Keep up the great work!!!