“We’re trying to hire those, too,” Cheryl Boise said.
Manee and Boise are a part of the New Vision Health Care Program that is offered as part of CTE. Manee works as an instructor associated with Fox Hospital and Boise works as an instructor associated with Bassett. The two are a part of CTE’s business advisory board along with several other people including Robin Scobie, the vice president for nursing at Fox.
“We’re hiring more RNs and we’re looking for RNs with bachelor’s degrees to be bedside nurses,” Scobie said. “We discussed the Institute of Medicine report on nursing. I think it’s really valuable for all our members to read that because it shows that nursing is headed for more educated course work. We need more certified nurse aides that have a broader education and knowledge before they start taking care of the complex hospital patients.”
The state Department of Labor has found that those people who hold a degree generally have a lower rate of unemployment than the rest of the population. In 2011, the unemployment rate for people who had an associate degree was 6.4 percent, for those with a bachelor’s degree it was 5.8 percent and 2.9 percent for those with a master’s degree or higher. During that same time, unemployment for people who had a high school diploma or a GED was 8.7 percent.
“Generally speaking, that does hold true year after year,” Harris said. “If you take the time and get the advance degree it’s enticing for employers. The more specialized your skills are the more valued you would be, as long as you match up with what the businesses are looking for.”
Once a person has a degree it’s important for them to keep educating themselves.
“Stay engaged and keep learning,” Harris said. “Get credentialing or any sort of skills upgrading made available to you, be it through work or your local university or community college system. You have to make sure you’re relevant and that your skill set is up-to-date.”