February 7, 2006--Posted at 4:45 p.m. CST
"We are fortunate because we have 10 schools that feed nurses into the health care system," said Million.
With the average age of nurses at 46 years old. It's a shortage that will only get worse with time.
"Actually the demand is going to grow even more with the baby boomers," said Million.
"We currently have our annual giving campaign through our foundation, all the money raised from that will be going to scholarships," said Million.
"It helps the financial burden of being in school and it enhanced my career in that I was able to continue on in school because of that scholarship," said Registered Nurse Lisa Sangster of St. Bernards.
Scholarships that provide additional training to current nurses to help enhance the workforce.
"It helped me achieve my life long dream," said Sangster.
Programs where the hospital aides in putting a student through school in return for service to the hospital when they graduate.
"People are drawn to how can you help me, so we scratch your back you scratch ours," said Sangster.