Central Texas College helped its nursing students plan their future careers at the college’s annual spring semester “Recruitment Day” on Wednesday morning.

The event featured a number of local health care providers, and was created to give the college’s nursing students the opportunity to meet with potential employers. The event also allowed those employers a chance to meet their potential employees.

“The event allows our students to come and ask questions, and get information about continuing their nursing education, or finding a job,” said Susan Ramnarine-Singh, a professor in CTC’s nursing program. “There’s always a need for nurses in this area, so its a great opportunity for them.”

The event wasn’t only for nursing students. Ramnarine-Singh said the event was also open to students in the college’s emergency medical technician/paramedic programs, as well as working nurses in the area.

Companies represented at the event included Metroplex Hospital, Scott & White Hospital and Talecris Plasma Resources, as well as Texas A&M-Central Texas and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.

“We are always looking for good nurses who enjoy providing great care to patients,” said Shari Larson, a nurse and BSN educator for Metroplex Health System. “We are looking for people who are hard-working, positive and care about the patients they work with.”

The number of Texas nurses has been a hot topic in the last few years, as the state looks to cope with a nursing shortage.

According to projections from the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, the demand for full-time registered nurses in Texas exceeds supply by about 22,000. The center also projected that the gap would widen to 70,000 by 2020.

That need means that CTC nursing students like Elizabeth Monroe are feeling pretty confident about their prospects of gaining employment once they graduate.

“I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Monroe said. “A lot of people here move around, and there is always going to be need for (licensed vocational nurses), so it’s a good career to be in right now.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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