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Sumner College fuels local workforce and community, graduating more than 800 nurses in past 8 years


Oregon, like much of the United States, is preparing for a very specific health care crisis. With more and more nurses reaching retirement age every day, the state has more open jobs in the field than those qualified to fill them. This is a big deal, because if you were to carve up a health care by profession pie, the nursing slice would be the largest one.

Right now, hospitals and clinics in both Oregon and Washington have hundreds of open nursing positions that they can’t fill because of the lack of qualified candidates to do so, says Joanna Russell, President of Sumner College. Russell adds that Sumner College is making a significant impact on the professional nursing workforce. One out of every 5 who obtained their license as a LPN in Oregon in 2016 & 2017 was a Sumner College graduate, accounting for more than 20% of the statewide newly licensed LPN workforce.

Read whole article on Oregon Live.com

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