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Utah Nursing Graduates Benefit from Regional Opportunities

Graduates of Utah nursing programs are finding jobs within the region due to their institutions’ relationships with local hospitals, the Daily Herald reported.

Intermountain Healthcare is both the largest care provider and employer of nurses in Utah. David Clark, CEO of the organization’s urban south region, told the news source that the company is partial to hiring individuals who have been trained within the area.

Clark added that while Intermountain does overtly recruit area students, they have to earn their positions based on their own merits.

Regional nursing programs require students to gain clinical experience in local facilities. This allows individuals to form relationships with hospital officials, which can come into play when recent graduates are searching for jobs.

"It gives them a little bit of an advantage," said Suzette Farmer, chairwoman of the Department of Nursing at Utah Valley University.

The Herald described the working relationship between Utah nursing degree programs and healthcare facilities as symbiotic. Local graduates were able to find employment and residencies while hospitals had the opportunity to staff their units with familiar faces.

Across the country, the healthcare industry is expected to create 3.2 million new jobs by 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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