Valdosta - Nurses are a vital part of our health care system, but we're seeing a nationwide shortage of these professionals.
Charles Gloster has one more semester of nursing school. "I always wanted to do something in the health care field," said Gloster. Unlike most college students, the thought of graduation and finding a job doesn't worry him. "I feel real good about it, I'm almost positive I can find a job pretty easily," said Gloster.
Nurses are in high demand throughout the state. Friday, recruiters visited Valdosta State University to help lure student nurses to their hospitals. It's part of the college's annual Nursing Scholarship Day. "We're telling them about our patient nurse ratio, the kinds of technology our hospitals have, and trying to get them to join our team," said Chrystal Odum, Nursing Recruiter.
Odum is an R.N. at South Georgia Medical Center. She says SGMC is in need of nurses, but because of the colleges in and around Valdosta, we're not feeling as much of a crunch. "We've got Valdosta State, Thomas Technical College, ABAC, and several vocational programs surrounding this area that are a big help to SGMC," said Odum.
Not only is the nursing shortage making the job search much easier for these students, its increasing their hourly salaries. "It's up to about 15 or 18 dollars now," said Odum.
And that's good news for students like Charles, who have big plans for a future in nursing.