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Employers line up for nursing career fair April 17 at Luna

By Dave Kavanaugh

Interested in career opportunities for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants?

Luna Community College may have what you’re looking for when it hosts the inaugural LCC Nursing Career Fair this coming Wednesday, April 17.

Nearly 20 employers have confirmed they will participate in the event, which will run from noon to 5 p.m. that day at the LCC Allied Health Building atrium (the former Rough Rider Grill cafeteria).

Employers representing various area health care providers will be on hand to meet with prospective employees and those seeking more information on career opportunities with them.

The event is open to all RNs, LPNs and nursing assistants, as well as nursing students and pre-nursing students from Luna and New Mexico Highlands University. Both experienced nurses and new graduates of nursing school programs are welcome to participate. Participants are advised to wear appropriate interview attire and to bring their résumés and credentials with them. Employers may collect résumés and conduct on-the-spot interviews.

Employers expected to be present include the following: Alta Vista Regional Hospital, Anvoi Hospice, Carlsbad Medical Center, Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Esperanza Home Health, Fresenius Kidney Care, Guadalupe County Correctional Institute, Heritage Home Health, Miners Colfax Medical Center, Mora Valley Community Health Services, New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Workforce Solutions, Professional Home Health, the U.S. Army, Vecinos Sanos Assisted Living, Victory Home Health. Representatives of the Luna nursing program will also be on hand to answer questions about the program. Those looking to earn a bachelor of science in nursing can get information from New Mexico Highlands University’s BSN program.

Nursing and other health care professions are projected to be in high demand over the next decade and beyond, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Luna offers an associate degree program that prepares students for state board examinations and careers as registered nurses. Luna also offers short-term training courses that prepare students to become certified nursing assistants.

The LCC Nursing Career Fair is being coordinated by the LCC Nursing Department and the office of Student and Career Services. For more information, call Elaine Montaño, 505-454-2521, or Yvonne Piña, 505-454-2525.