Sunday, December 26, 2010

Many local nursing grads find local jobs, Utah

A couple of years ago, finding a job as a nurse was a snap.

It's a bit harder now, but thanks to a healthy relationship between the hospitals in Utah County and the local nursing schools, local grads are still doing OK.

Utah had the lowest registered nurse vacancy rate in the country as of May, said David Clark, Intermountain's CEO for the urban south region. Much of that he attributed to the natural feeding system set up because of BYU, UVU, Provo College, Eagle Gate College, Ameritech and other programs that train qualified nurses.

Intermountain Healthcare is the largest health care provider in the state and thus the largest employer of nurses as well.

And he has no problem admitting that Intermountain is a little partial to the nurses who trained "right there in our backyard."

It's not that the process becomes easy, he said.

"They have to earn it based on their own merits," Clark said.

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