Nursing shortage in South Bend is the focus of new partnerships and programs

Saint Mary's College nursing students demonstrate the clinical practice they can practice on Friday, November 18, 2022, in the Nursing Lab at Saint Mary's Center for Health Care Education in Regina Hall.

As the nation grapples with a nursing shortage – exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – the medical community in the South Bend area is scrambling to find long-term solutions for the area.

They are exploring various options, including forming partnerships with local colleges in hopes of creating a pool of nurses who will train locally and work in area hospitals.

“The nursing shortage is a national crisis,” said Loretta Schmidt, chief nursing officer at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. “Almost every health care specialty faces workforce challenges.”

The nursing shortage has been a decades-old problem in the healthcare industry. However, the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. Schmidt said experts estimate that the country will face a severe nursing shortage by 2030, which will have serious ramifications for access to care.

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