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MASON CITY, IA – The Affordable Care Act is leading to millions of Americans having health insurance for the first time ever.
This change is leading to a shortage of nurses available to fill the growing number of positions.
Cindy Scott, the employment specialist for Mercy Medical Center North Iowa witnesses this growing demand for professionals in this field of health care.
"For general, entry level, med. surg., we do have opportunities there for new grads so we hope the pool of new grads continues to increase as we feel that we'll continue to need nurses."
While nurses are much needed in hospitals across the U.S., the big question now is who will train them?
Donna Orton, the Chair of Health Programs for North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), takes part in the classroom training aspect for young health care professionals.
"We are concerned not about the numbers of students that come in," Orton said, "but the fact that we don't see the appeal for people seeking advanced degrees to go into nursing education."
Orton believes that money is a real possibility as to why students are hesitant to return to the classroom someday.
"Many nurses go on and get their masters degrees, even their doctorate degrees but they tend not to be as attracted to the education setting as they are to clinical practices," Orton said.
Donna Orton is thankful that NIACC and other schools in the area are getting their fair share of men and women interested in this particular health care field, but the real concern now lies in finding those wanting to educate others in return.
The Mason City Community School District and Alliant Energy are teaming up to save energy and lower costs.
Despite the temperatures falling, a group of north Iowa college students are going coatless for a cause.
A new report is showing the statewide impact of the local food industry on Iowa's economy and it's the first of its kind. It shows how buying local food doesn't only have economical benefits but can also benefit your health.
Congratulations to Sara Allen of Clear Creek Elementary School. She is this week's Golden Apple Award winner.
You may not know what you will be doing for the rest of your week, but a southern Minnesota Salvation Army captain does.
Maybe you're seeing too much trash around a certain area of a local river or you have an idea of how to make a waterway have a bigger impact on the economy.
Troy Elwood is doing the best he can to get everything ready for when those little white snowflakes fall.