Tuesday, June 26, 2007

//News// 47: Average age of U.S. nurses

The California Job Journal reports that the average nurse in the U.S. is 47 years old and in California the average age is 51 years old for operating room nurses, who are in such demand in the state.

To try and fill the gap, one facility, the Sequoia Hospital, opened its own nursing school, a joint program with San Francisco State. To attract more nurses, it has also even offered sign-on bonuses up to $7,500 for hard-to-fill specialty positions.

Kaiser Permanente says it too has seen difficult times getting more nurses to work on its hospital floors. To give nurses flexible work options, it has created a call center where "advice" nurses can take in calls, get symptoms of non-emergency patients and suggest treatments or consultations with physicians.

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