According to the Department of Labor, the nursing profession is expected to grow by at least 19 percent by 2026.
Experts believe it is happening due to the advancement of the American healthcare system as well as the shortage of nurses across the nation.
That is one of the many reasons why Vernon College hosts its first-ever job fair Thursday geared toward their nursing students.
It is a dream of Nursing student, Delayne Dickey to someday work in the ICU or CCU at United Regional and that is why she chose the nursing program at Vernon College to help her take the right steps to get there.
“I’ve heard all the positive things about the students who graduate here and how caring and how they graduate feeling like they know what they are doing and they just feel more sure of themselves,” Dickey said.
And Vernon College continues to do what they can to prepare their students for the workforce including the first-ever job fair, with 12 employers from across Texoma, geared toward Associate Degree Nursing students.
“They came here to Vernon to specifically talk to us which is really exciting, and they are all asking for resumes, they are excited for us to possibly work for them [in the future],” Dickey said.
With a constant demand for nurses, Director of Nursing mary Rivard was pleased to learn that Chelsey Henry, Career Services Coordinator at Vernon was aiming the first job fair at her department.
“Nursing is an excellent field to go into, It is a field that always has job opportunities,” Rivard said. “We are in a nursing shortage, we have been in nursing shortage for years and it is expected to get worst.”
It is for that dire need why Thursday’s job fair was well-needed.
“It’s good for them to see how many employers are out there looking for new RNs, even straight out of school,” Rivard said.
“We are excited to see the options we have, they are not just in Wichita, they are everywhere,” Dickey said. “Everywhere needs nurses and we are happy to fill those spots.”
Dickey appreciates the steps the college is taking to prepare her and her peers for the rest of their lives.
Data shows there are high-paying jobs at every level of nursing education and some job sites claim specialties in demand for 2019 include Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Educator and Nurse Midwife.
If you would like to learn more about the nursing program at Vernon College, follow this link.