It is an industry that is in high demand.
Nurses across the country are finding jobs even with the economy at an all time low.
In an economy where jobs are hard to find officials with hospitals such as ARH in Hazard say they are hiring new nurses all the time.
“We always have job opportunities available for nursing because the increase demand in the patient populations that we are serving and the various different types of services that we are offering now,” Ellen Wright said.
For new graduates working in a hospital is a prime place to gain experience.
“A hospital is a place where you can get all sorts of walks of life. You have newborns, you have one hundred year olds, and everything in between. The experience that you can get at a hospital is unlike the experience you can get anywhere else,” Susan Campbell said.
Kathryn Morgan, who is a former nurse at Hazard ARH, agrees.
“I think the hospital is invaluable in providing new nurses with experience that they can take with them no matter where they go in their careers,” Kathryn Morgan said.
But Morgan explains that as your life changes so does your priorities.
“Personal roles changed. At first, being a nurse was the most important thing in my life. After I got married and started a family then my priorities changed ,” Morgan said.
She says her decision to leave the hospital was purely based on finding a schedule that would suit her family.
“Here I was also able to choose a part time role and at the hospital there were very limited number of part time positions. It’s important for me to be able to spend time with them with my small kids and it just was not available at the time I worked at the hospital to work part time,” Morgan said.
Officials at ARH say they are listening and trying to create new ways to better serve their nurses.
They hope to offer part time positions in the future.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports about 60 percent of nursing jobs in the United States are in hospitals.
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