The U.S. Labor Department reports faster than average growth over the next decade for nurses.
In states like Florida, which ranks fourth in the nation for nurse employment and high retirement, many hospitals are constantly looking to fill jobs.
Susan Clark is the chief nursing officer for Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, responsible for overseeing the daily activities of 1,100 nurses at three hospitals. She said what the public sees is not even half of the job.
“My job is to oversee the practice of nursing to make sure that we are doing it high quality and top-notch safety. Patients first,” said Clark. “We see about 35,000 patients in our emergency rooms alone, so at any given time, we’re seeing many patients, both outpatients and those who are staying here for inpatient care.”
Regionally, the rising demand in her profession is based on several factors: a high number of retirees, an older population, and mobility within the nursing field.
“Anything in nursing and allied [health] is so huge right now,” said Stacey Rhodewalt, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health senior client recruiter. “The need is so vast. It’s so broad that they really have an opportunity to go anywhere they like, so we really have to be competitive to keep them here.”
Rhodewalt is referring to more jobs at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health’s three hospitals and 15 outpatient clinics — approximately 300 to be exact. The majority of the positions are in nursing
“Martin [Health] has over 100 [positions] just for nursing alone. Those are administrative nurses as well as floor nurses,” Rhodewalt said.