Nurses needed for H1N1 clinics - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/19/09

Nurses needed for H1N1 clinics

By Brittany Pieper - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -As the H1N1 vaccine finally starts making its way to Lubbock several agencies, including the city and local schools, plan to hold flu clinics.  However, the shots are only part of the equation when it comes to clinics. To distribute the vaccine, you need someone to give the shots.

"It's starting to pick back up," said Registered Nurse, Casey Ross about the demand for her profession. Ross works for Nursefinders in Lubbock. She says it fits her life style better than most other nursing jobs because of the flexibility. 

The nursing shortage at local hospitals has improved in the past year in part because of the recession.

"Today we have 20 vacancies. This time last year we had 104 vacancies. During a recession, you typically see the work force be more stable because people are not moving around," said Greg Bruce, Vice President at UMC.

However, the need for help with flu clinics has increased because of H1N1. Nursefinders has contracts with the City of Lubbock and several other local groups.

 "The schools is the biggest one... It's the kind of 20 to 30 people a day working to make sure that children are getting their vaccines," said Skip Lowe, the Regional Vice President of Nursefinders. 

With the influx of H1N1 flu clinics coming up they need to hire several nurses, and they're offering signing bonuses of up to $2,000.

"Giving care givers additional options outside of full time jobs.  With the holidays coming up and especially with the flu clinics we have a ton of options to offer care givers," said Lowe. 

For more information you can contact Nursefinders at 799-4868.

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