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Ohio's nursing shortage continues to grow

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 09:41:15-04

There's a shortage of nurses in Ohio, and demand will likely grow for several years.

A new school in Cleveland Heights is rising to meet the need. The shortage is being fueled by an aging population. The reality is also felt within the nursing profession, as Tameka James said many nurses are also retiring.

"Baby boomers are retiring; older people are getting sick,” said James. "If you work in a nursing home, the pay range is usually $ 10 to 13 per hour. Hospitals may be $13 to 14. I started out as a nursing assistant, myself."

Tameka and her husband opened the doors to community connections academy, last summer.

"You can start off as a nursing assistant and go whatever route,” said James. "Most of my students have had job offers before they've even taken their test."

James said some facilities are offering signing bonuses.