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Need for Health Careers is Rising

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PASCO, Wash. - The demand for healthcare workers is on the rise and local experts say now is a good time to enter the field.

Mary Hoerner, Nursing Program Coordinator at CBC's Richland Campus says the health industry needs healthcare providers more than ever before.

She says with people living longer, more people are needed to take care of them. But she says the average age of a nurse is in the 40 to 50 range and baby boomers are expected to retire soon. She also says new graduates who are needed to fill those positions are getting burned out, and leaving the profession early.

"We need to figure out a way to keep nurses in the work place because the job structure has changed. It's difficult, it's hard and there's a high rate of burn out," said Mary Hoerner, Nursing Program Coordinator at CBC's Richland Campus.

If you're interested in a career in health care Columbia Basin College is having a career exploration event Friday April 24th. There, you can learn all about the variety of programs to take and career options out there. It's at CBC's Health Science Center in Richland from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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