Hospitals are preparing to lose employees to retirement

Hospitals nationwide are preparing to lose employees to retirement within the next few years. Students and recruiters locally are making strides for when this could happen.

Posted: Mar. 21, 2019 10:36 PM
Updated: Mar. 22, 2019 9:16 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - "A significant portion of the nursing care force is in the process of retiring," said Peg Hill. She's a health care recruiter for Union Hospital. In a few years nationwide, hospitals are projected to lose a lot of their employees to retirement. This is something that students and recruiters are preparing for.

Thursday, News 10 spoke with Alina Steffen. She's a sophomore nursing student who plays soccer. While talking to her she told us that the nursing program was not for the weak minded.

"It's very hard," she said. Steffen is one student who is preparing for this potential downfall. She knows that the program will be long and challenging, but it will have its rewards.

"Seeing people progress as you're helping them has so much satisfaction in that," said Steffen.

Union Hospital has programs for people who do pursue nursing. There is a nurse residency program that lasts one year and has three phases. During that program, people can learn with an experienced registered nurse.

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