Nurse Appreciation Week raises awareness of statewide shortage

Raleigh County
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As hospitals across the county take part in National Celebrate Nurses Week, it’s a reminder of the statewide nursing shortage that’s affecting hospitals right here at home.

“We do need nurses desperately, at all facilities, there’s a shortage of nurses,” Registered nurse, Mary Jo McGraw, said.

This is a healthcare concern that according to the American Association of College of Nursing is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows. Nurses at Beckley ARH told 59 News it may also be due to the fact that it’s not an easy career.

“Nursing is a very hard job and it’s 24 hours a day. Just because you clock out doesn’t mean you leave it behind, so it’s a calling. I don’t look at it as a job, it’s a calling,” McGraw said.

But as hard as it gets, it’s something nurses said is truly rewarding. 

“I love what I do, I cannot imagine doing anything else, so we’d like to have more people come and do it with us.” McGraw said.

Beckley ARH staff hope that using these national celebrations to recognize their current nurses can help attract new ones.

“it’s important to get us all in here together so we can graduate more nurses and have more nurses to take care of patients,” Community Chief Nursing Officer, Angie Rivera, said.

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