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Nursing Students Look For Job Openings

February 27, 2009, 6:11 PM by Kelli Grant

Nursing Students Look For Job Openings
People will always get sick, but will there always be job openings for those who take care of them?  The economy is putting a strain on health care, and we've found out the hard way that KELOLAND is not immune to the problem. It's also affecting college students majoring in the medical field. 

Those in the health care profession are keeping a close eye on their jobs and so are students looking to land that first job.  Nursing students at Augustana College say how the economy is affecting their profession is always fresh in their minds 

In the next two years, Augustana College will send more than 100 nursing students out into the real world. And for many seniors, May graduation is coming way too fast. 

“I never imagined that I would you know be in February of my senior year and not have something lined up already,” Senior Nursing major Megan Gulden said. 

Gulden is just one of 50 nursing students at Augustana looking for a job right now. She says nursing was her safe bet for a career but that may not be the case anymore. 

“There are a couple openings, most of them say however, previous nursing experience preferred,” Gulden said. 

Her junior classmates aren't feeling the pressure as much. They say even though hospitals locally and nationally are trimming their budgets, they're still confident. 

“I still actually feel okay about health care. I think there's definitely always going to be a need so I feel confident,” says junior Lindsey Stevens. 

Stevens is keeping an eye on how the economy is affecting health care, but knows people are always going get sick and the need for nurses will never go away. 

“Regardless of where I end up it's ultimately, honestly, about caring for people,” said Stevens. 

The students are also prepared to compete for jobs, something junior nursing student Megan Kennedy has already thought about. 

“I've actually been able to do two minors and two different languages, so I'm hoping that's gonna make me more marketable,” Kennedy said. 

And they've found a silver lining in Avera McKennan's pay cut. The fact the jobs will still be around to apply for gives them hope. 

“I'm glad that they went that route instead of just cutting positions and just laying people off. I mean knowing that they're cutting the pay in order to keep everyone on staff and to keep those positions available is comforting,” Gulden said. 

Comforting knowing all of their hard work won't go to waste.

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