Vidant and ECU working together to combat nursing shortage

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- There’s a nursing shortage nationwide, but having the number one producer of new nurses in the state helps combat this issue in our area.

East Carolina University nursing student Halley Wells had a serious operation growing up, and because of the nurses who helped her, she wants to do that for someone else.

Halley Wells said, “It just really made me think, I want to help people, I want to do something to help other people in my life.”

Now she’s in her second semester of nursing school at ECU, the number one producer of new nurses in the state of North Carolina. The problem is, there aren’t enough people like her.

Vidant’s Senior Vice President and Nurse Executive, Dr. Linda D. Hofler said, “It’s not news for people in my profession it’s something that’s been predicted for some time.”

It’s no secret there is a nursing shortage nationwide and Vidan’t Medical Center is no different. Their Greenville campus currently have 240 nursing spots that need to be filled. Dr. Hofler says there’s a number of reasons why there aren’t enough nurses including the aging population and workforce.

Dr. Hofler says with passionate nurses already on staff and students who are eager to get started, the east is in good hands.

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