Recent studies show staggering statistics to shortages in relation to the nursing field. Given the fact that 55% of nurses surveyed in a recent study, announced intentions of retirement before 2020, we can easily expect the nursing shortage to intensify. In combination with the baby boomers aging and their health care needs growing, it is likely that the U.S. will have over 118,000 vacant positions in the nursing field in the very near future. Estimations reflect a need for more than 1.2 million new nurses by 2014. Today 82% of healthcare providers surveyed perceived shortages where they worked. In addition to the lack of staffing, the nursing shortage thrusts a high demand and increased workload stress on already over burdened health care workers. The statistics are staggering but real.
Holding true to our mission to respond to the health care educational needs of the region by preparing qualified health care professionals," the College has added programs as shortages in health care fields have developed in the region. The College offers associate degree programs in nursing and radiography as well as certificate programs in medical technology/clinical laboratory science and surgical technology.
The College has graduated and placed 800+ health care providers in the immediate area since it reopened in 1990 and currently has 200+ students actively enrolled in its programs.
Adequate Resources Vital
Quality education is not possible without adequate resources. In order to provide adequate supervision of health care students in the clinical learning environment, the College maintains the recommended instructor to student ratio of 1:10. Thus, sufficient numbers of qualified faculty must be hired and maintained. This ratio is difficult to maintain as many qualified instructors choose to practice in health care institutions rather than educational institutions due to the higher earning potential. Health care provider faculty is in short supply just as are clinical health care providers.
Because the College is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher learning, the College does not receive any state or federal funding to support its programs. This means that the College must look to Southeast Hospital to subsidize the cost of education that student tuition does not cover. Last year, this amounted to nearly $550,000! We want any qualified individual who desires to become a provider of health care to be able to afford to attend our college. Thus, it is imperative that we keep tuition at an affordable rate and not ask our students to incur the additional costs of their education.
We Need Your Help
We recognize that the College cannot continue to rely on Southeast Hospital to meet our annual budget. The College must plan for the future and build its own resources to be able to subsidize the cost of health care provider student education.
The College can keep education affordable by building the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Endowment Fund. It is our goal to initially raise $1,000,000 to build this endowment. The primary purpose of the fund would be to eventually use earnings generated by the corpus to subsidize that portion of health care provider education that tuition does not cover.
To prepare nurses, x-ray technologists, operating room technologists, and the laboratory technologists that we need tomorrow – we need your help today. Please give generously to support the College of Nursing & Health Sciences Endowment Fund. Our pledge to you is that the funds generated through the Endowment Campaign will be used to keep provider education at our College affordable.
SoutheastHEALTH has a number of scholarship opportunities for nursing students, graduate nurses and those who wish to pursue an allied health career.
SoutheastHEALTH Foundation and Auxiliary today offer an average of 65-70 scholarship opportunities each year. These scholarships are funded through a long and storied history of the generosity of donors. Thanks to those donors, SoutheastHEALTH has one of the largest and most comprehensive scholarship programs in the Midwest.
There are many ways to fund a scholarship. If you or your family would like to offer a scholarship to students entering the healthcare field, please contact SoutheastHEALTH Foundation.
Consider a High-Demand Career in Health Care
There's no secret that the demand for personnel in the medical field is only going to grow. And as the "baby boomer" population ages, more medical personnel will be needed to provide care for them.
Students in our programs have opted to pursue a degree in nursing, medical laboratory science, surgical technology and radiography for many reasons. You may want to consider a career in the medical field if you:
- Enjoy helping people
- Are responsible
- Have leadership abilities
- Have good communication skills
- Have patience
- Want to learn
Types of Jobs Available
Registered nurses are the largest health care occupation. About 3 out of 5 jobs are in hospitals, in inpatient and outpatient departments. Other possibilities include:
- Outpatient clinics
- Schools and colleges
- Public agencies
- Business and industry
- Private homes
- Long-term care facilities
- Doctors' offices
- Traveling agencies and more
About 7 out of 10 jobs for surgical technologists are in hospitals, mainly in operating and delivery rooms.
Other jobs are in offices of physicians or dentists who perform outpatient surgery and in outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers. A few, known as private scrubs, are employed directly by surgeons who have special surgical teams, like those for liver transplants.
Technologists advance by specializing in a particular area of surgery, such as neurosurgery or open heart surgery. They also may work as circulating technologists.
Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory
More than half of the Clinical laboratory technologists jobs are in hospitals. Most of the remaining jobs are in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories. A small proportion was in educational services and in all other ambulatory health care services.
Technologists may advance to supervisory positions in laboratory work or may become chief medical or clinical laboratory technologists or laboratory managers in hospitals. Manufacturers of home diagnostic testing kits and laboratory equipment and supplies seek experienced technologists to work in product development, marketing, and sales.
More than half of all jobs are in hospitals. Most of the rest are in offices of physicians; medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers; and outpatient care centers.
With experience and additional training, staff technologists may become specialists, performing CT scanning, angiography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Experienced technologists also may be promoted to supervisor, chief radiologic technologist, and, ultimately, department administrator or director.
Some technologists progress by leaving the occupation to become instructors or directors in radiologic technology programs; others take jobs as sales representatives or instructors with equipment manufacturers.