SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – One Siouxland business says things are good right now, however, the nursing shortage has caused problems in the past.
“Nursing shortage nationwide and even in our region and according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing that shortage is going to continue for many years,” said Mary Kovarna with Morningside School of Nursing.
Stephanie Amick is the administrator at Pioneer Valley living and rehab facility in Sergant Bluff. She says she’s been able to keep up with the home’s need for nurses but it hasn’t been easy.
“If we have one part-time or full-time position open, it does take some time for us to recruit that next employee, so I think we all feel it a little bit. However, there are quite a few nurses being generated in the area and they are not enough to fill the need. They are either leaving the state or choosing different options because I have not seen a lot of new graduates taking postitions,” said Administrator Stephanie Amic at Pioneer Valley.
Morningside College and St. Luke’s College-UnityPoint Health offer degrees in nursing. However, not all of their graduates chose to stay in the area.
“We have about 30 students and almost all of them have secured jobs in the workplace and some of them are staying in Sioux City at a couple of the hospitals and agencies in town and then we also have students going to Colorado, South Dakota, an Omaha and a variety of other areas,” said Amick.
As the need for nurses in this area continues to grow so does the need for nursing students.
“We do see a lot of people interested in nursing but we do know we could have more and so we are still admitting for the fall semester and we’re looking at spring to and were always looking for people interested in the nursing field,” says St. Lukes College-UnityPoint Health Nursing Department Chair Lorraine Sacinomurphy.
The need for nurses in Siouxland continues to grow, especially as baby boomers call it quits on their careers and head into retirement.