Mercy Calls for More Nurses, Offers Job Fair

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids is putting out a call for nurses. The hospital said it has a growing demand for the profession and is looking to recruit at a job fair, January 30th.

Courtesy: MGN Online

For years, hospitals around the country have faced a major nursing shortage.

According to 2012-2022 employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs are one of the top jobs in the country in terms of growth. The RN workforce is expected to grow 19%, from 2.71 million jobs in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022.

The Bureau also projects the need for 525,000 replacement nurses in the workforce.

That means the total number of job openings for nurses due to growth and replacement is 1.05 million by 2022.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing blames the shortage on a number of things. Three of the biggest? Limited nursing faculty at schools means not enough RNs are being produced to meet demand. On top of that, many nurses are nearing retirement age. Finally, some are leaving the profession because they're over worked.

According Mercy's Chief Nursing Officer Mary Brobst, the hospital is expanding in many areas and needs to staff more RNs. She said that includes; outpatient care, home care, clinics, pediatrics and cardiology.

“We've got growth and opportunity," said Brobst.

Brobst hopes giving Mercy’s upcoming job fair a nursing emphasis will help fill the hospital’s RN void.

"We'd love to have people that are interested,” Brobst said. “Not only people who are currently, either registered or certified as a health care professional, but those who are interested. I think about high school students."

The job fair isn't just for nurses. Brobst said it will have information about a number of medical professions.

The fair runs noon to four at Mercy's Hallagan Education Center. That's 701 10th Street SE in Cedar Rapids.