Mercy Medical Center holds nursing career fair

MASON CITY , IA –  With just days before the sign up deadline for the Affordable Healthcare Act, the White House has met its goal of 6 million enrollments.

This means there are a greater number of people in health care systems across the United States — and more patients means more nurses are needed to care for them.

We often see colleges hosting career fairs, but it’s not often seen at a hospital.

Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City held its first career fair earlier this week.

“This is our first time that we’ve had a career fair on site and so we are really excited about offering the opportunity for new grads as well as experienced RNs to come and see our facility,” says Tenisha Benson, Employment Specialist with Mercy.

Mercy is looking to fill a few positions, so the hospital is also conducting on site interviews.

One senior at AllenCollege thought it would be worth checking out.

“I want to find a job up here because I’m originally from here so I thought Mercy would be a good bet for me,” says nursing student Allie Abell.

Laurie Degroot is a nursing instructor at NIACC. She says they continue to see steady enrollment rates, which is good because they want to meet the needs of the community.

“We like to encourage people to apply and consider nursing as a career because we want to meet the needs in the future,” says Degroot.

It’s a need these students are ready to fill.

“It’s hard but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be worth it,” added Abell.

Degroot also tells us that more employers are starting to lean toward hiring those with their BSN or Bachelors of Science in Nursing, which is typically a four year degree.

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