May 17, 2011 10:29 PM by Carina Corral
If you are looking for a job in the health care industry, now is as good a time as any to apply.
The nursing shortage across the country is only expected to get worse.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 2.9 million registered nurses will be employed in the year 2012; however, more than one million jobs need to be filled.
In fact, there is a workforce shortage across the medical field.
In this special report, "Where The Jobs Are," we show you whose hiring, but it takes a certain kind of person to work in the health care industry, especially alongside patients.
"Think of them as your family: love, respect and dignity, that's the main thing," said Jevir Ibuna, a registered nurse at San Luis Transitional Care.
It is one of eight skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in San Luis Obispo County owned by Compass Health.
She has worked for the company for 15 years and with nine available positions you could soon start a long career with compass health, as well.
"Our business is run 24 hours/day 365 days/year, so it takes a lot of staff to keep the services provided," said Compass Health Administrator Marcy Woolpert.
Registered and licensed vocational nurses and therapists are the main positions available; however, applications are always being accepted because the need at these facilities is only expected to grow as the baby boomers age.
"As the baby boomers require a need of our services we want to make sure we are there for them," said Woolpert.
From assisted living to short term care, Catholic Healthcare West owns three hospitals on the Central Coast: Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and French Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.
There are more than 110 positions currently available.
"About 70 of those jobs are at Marian and the other jobs are distributed between the other two hospitals," said the Vice President of Human Resources Susan Winsell.
While most of those jobs are for registered nurses, there are also plenty of non-nursing positions available.
"A lot of people think about the shortage of nursing jobs in hospitals, but nationwide there are shortages in just about every category of jobs that exist in hospitals," said Winsell.
If you are hired as part of the support team, such as in housekeeping, CHW offers training programs for other positions.
Marian is in the middle of building a new hospital twice the size of its current location.
Winsell could not put an exact number on it, but it will definitely create jobs. "A hospital is staffed according to patient volume. As the capacity grows and the volume grows we will add staff."
Tenet Healthcare hospitals, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Center, have eight and three full time positions available, respectively. All require some sort of previous health care experience or certification.
For those looking for work outside a hospital setting, Central Coast Pathology currently has four positions available: two require no experience or schooling, a position in the medical lab requires a bachelor's degree, there is also a clinical laboratory scientist position available and they are always on the look out phlebotomists (a person who draws blood).
Our local hospitals and Compass Health also team up with community colleges to put students to work as nursing assistants with the hopes of eventually hiring them once their schooling is complete.
Most jobs in the health care industry are not for the squeamish. They are looking for people with tough skin and kind hearts. If that is you help is wanted, inquire within.