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April 6, 2000

NURSING SHORTAGE MEANS MORE HOSPITALS RECRUITING DIRECTLY ON CAMPUS

LA CROSSE, Wis.—Nationally there is a shortage of 300,000 nurses. While that shortage hasn’t dramatically affected the health care situation in La Crosse, it has meant more and more healthcare systems are visiting La Crosse and directly recruiting on campus.

This Friday, April 7, recruiters from four hospitals are visiting the Viterbo College Campus to recruit Viterbo nursing students who will be graduating shortly. Representatives from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Abbott-Northwestern from the Twin Cities, and Aurora Health Systems from Milwaukee, along with Gundersen Lutheran from La Crosse will visit with students seeking jobs in nursing from 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow in the Brophy Nursing Center Lobby.

"The nursing shortage is looming," said Wendy Wegner, assistant nursing professor at Viterbo. "Though it hasn’t hit La Crosse yet, it has hit Milwaukee and other areas of our state. And many of those areas are directly recruiting our graduates, often visiting our site several times each semester."

For more information about the recruitment event or about the nursing shortage, contact Wegner at 796-3685 or email her at wmwegner@viterbo.edu.

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