Nationwide nursing shortage hitting Michiana
South Bend, Ind -- There is a nationwide nursing shortage.
Local nurses say that nationwide shortage is now affecting the Michiana area.
The shortage of nurses is affecting hospitals, clinics, and long term care centers.
When i asked Indiana University South Bend assistant dean of the nursing school Teresa Dobrzykowski when asked where is the shortage at its worst
“I would say probably the long-term care area which includes extended care facilities rehab facilities, hospices, and all of these areas have a true need for qualified nurse says IUSB assistant dean of the school of nursing Teresa Dobrzykowski”
The average age of a nurse is 50-years old and many will be retiring soon.
Healthcare centers in the area are making changes to help lessen the shortage and its impact.
Many hospitals offer signing bonuses and tuition reimbursement to attract people.
On top of those many incentives it can be a rewarding career.
“I want to say that with all of that i've been a nurse for 28-years -- it's the most wonderful profession. In very grateful to be a nurse and its a new and exciting profession even though it's an old profession” says Dobrzykowski
It is reported that by 2024 there will be a need for a million additional nurses nationwide.
Rural counties will see the biggest need for nurses.