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Nurses Needed; Nurses Wanted

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - In the race to prepare for the Affordable Care Act, nurses are filling more roles and taking on more of the healthcare burden.

New laws on a national scale are affecting healthcare on a local level.

With the affordable care act going into full effect nationally more and more people will have access to healthcare. More people in the healthcare system can put a strain on hospitals as they look to provide quality care.

LSUA nursing student Evie Robison is a member of a quickly growing field of study. Robison was drawn to nursing because of a life experience. 

"I had a little boy that passed away when he was 5 years old because of a very complicated heart and lung disease and it was the nurses that changed my life and his because they were so compassionate and caring and they always went the extra mile to make me feel comfortable." Said Robison.

Robison plans on becoming a nurse at a time when new laws like the affordable care act mean changes in hospitals. Enrollment begins October 1st and the law takes effect on January 1, 2014. Qualified Americans will be required to purchase health insurance, and with an aging population, hospitals will have to adapt.   

"With more people coming into the healthcare system that means more people coming into the emergency room, more patients walking in your front door, more transfers from other facilities, and with all that it means you have to have more staff to take care of all those patients, you know so it's a juggle because you hear all across the nation about nursing shortages, we want to make sure we have the right number of people here to be able to take care of the patients and do it in a safe manner." Said Christus St. Francis Cabrini Director of Nursing Administration, Billy McRae.   

Nurses at Christus St. Francis Cabrini say local nursing programs like the one at LSUA are a main source of quality nursing candidates.

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