LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- A nursing shortage is hitting Kentuckiana as employers have tried to fill 2,000 nursing positions in the first three months of 2016 alone.
While a nursing shortage is obviously never good, Michael Gritton of KentuckianaWorks tells WHAS there is a silver lining because it means that more high paying jobs are being created in our area and that could benefit you if you're willing to work for it.
Students come to the Galen School of Nursing for different reasons.
“I myself was a high school dropout,” Audria Denker said.
“I started working in a nursing home, and I really enjoyed it,” Jacob Funk said. “I was a CNA.”
“I thought healthcare would be a good way to give to those that are in need,” Hannah Gustafson said.
However a recent study shows that there aren’t enough people like Audria, Jacob, and Hannah.
Nationwide there is a nursing shortage and KentuckianaWorks estimates there are more than 2,000 nurses needed in Kentuckiana alone.
“The good news is that it’s a shortage, but not a crisis which is important,” Michael Gritton said. “It’s a growing field so if a person is thinking I’m interested in healthcare, and I’m interested in nursing, there’s never been a better time than now for them to enter that field.”
Audria Denker of the Galen School of Nursing said today’s students are driven more towards the technology without realizing what possibilities jobs like nursing have to offer.
“Nursing has proliferated a lot of other arenas,” Denker. “You can get a job anywhere in the country. Also there are so many industries you can work in like the prison system, home health, and you can work for the government or a hospital.”
“It’s not an easy field to be in so there’s not a lot of people who want to go through the training and do it,” Funk said. “I think it’s just going to open up a lot of doors.”
While the job might not be glamorous the shortage has created opportunities for students to step out of class, and into their new career.
“It doesn’t worry me because that means I’m going to get a job,” Gustafson said. “I definitely encourage everybody to go into healthcare because you will learn so much about yourself and the people in your community.”
The Galen School of Nursing has actually started reaching students as young as middle school to try and generate interest in their programs.
For those of you who are older, and interested in the possibility of a career switch into the medical industry the Kentucky Health Care Career Center has hiring events each Wednesday of the month.