Maine making progress filling nursing gap, more help needed

By  | 

PORTLAND, Maine. (WMTW) - Positive news on a shortage of registered nurses in Maine.

The Maine Nursing Action Coalition said an increase in graduates in the state should fill 500 positions.

To overcome nursing shortages, healthcare leaders have set goals to add 400 graduates per year.

Just last year, 800 people graduated from Maine’s nursing programs.

Jean Dvorak, USM Nursing Faculty, said, "I think our university is committed to growing the population of nurses that are going to take care of me in the future so I am very optimistic."

Healthcare leaders hope to use a $12 million investment to continue to meet workforce needs, that money will need to be approved by a vote in November.