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Nurse Shortage Seen Throughout Southern Minnesota

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There's a high demand for certain health care positions such as LPN's and CMA's in the clinic settings.
In the area of family medicine there's going to be a huge increase in the demand for family physicians and other health care providers in the future and they're trying to prepare for that now.
Mankato Clinic HR Director Ann Dempster says, "As the baby boomer population gets older and ages so does our employee population. We have 41 percent staff over 50. So I see my role as a recruiter of nurses will be getting harder in the next 10 years."
Dempster sees a consistent need for new LPN'S and CMA'S.

Although Mayo Clinic Health System hires those positions, from a hospitals standpoint they don't perceive a nursing shortage at least right now.
Mayo Clinic Health System Communications Director Kevin Burns says, "Our need at least currently is short term for those nurses to have multiple years of experience. That's our biggest challenge, but we always have to be on the look out for the future.

In the meantime schools like South Central College are doing what they can, such as changing their curriculum in order to have more practical nurses to enter the workforce.
South Central College, Director of Nursing, Marilyn Swan says, "We changed our application process for practical nursing, it's an open application process where students are able to apply when they're ready and when the meet the requirements. It's more student friendly and we have had good number of students coming into the program."

As the demand grows, facilities like Mayo Clinic Health System and Mankato Clinic will work to continue their good relationships with education facilities in order to keep that pipeline for well-trained employees in the future.