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Nursing Students Using Higher Education to Jumpstart Career

BLOOMINGTON - A career fair at Illinois Wesleyan University is giving prospective nurses a chance to network with area hospitals.
BLOOMINGTON - A career fair at Illinois Wesleyan University is giving prospective nurses a chance to network with area hospitals.

Staff members say despite uncertainty in the medical field, there's still opportunity for employment.

The school recommends students become specialized in a branch of study like pediatrics.

Currently, there's a big need for nurses who work with elderly patients.

While IWU School of Nursing Director Vickie Folse admits the Affordable Care Act has caused some hiring to slow, she says an advanced degree makes students more marketable.

“They have the ability to function in areas that are underrepresented,” said Folse.  “In rural communities that are in desperate need of health care providers.”

Illinois Wesleyan University says its nursing program is growing so fast, it has to turn away qualified applicants.

One hundred percent of its graduates who've pursued careers in nursing are employed.

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