Cleveland Heights school created to help nursing shortage

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - There's a shortage of nurses in Ohio and the demand to fill the increasing shortage is expected to grow for several years.

The shortage is being fueled by an aging population, as a large number of nurses from the Baby Boomer generation are retiring or nearing retirement age. While the nurses are getting older and ready to retire, they are also part of a large generation getting older and in need of nurses.

"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 my be $13 to $14. I started out as a nursing assistant, myself," said nurse Tameka James.

Tameka and her husband opened the doors to Community Connections Academy, a new school in Cleveland Heights aimed at meeting the rising need for nurses, 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.

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