Lincoln Medical Center can boast a claim to national healthcare leadership.
The new president of a national, 1,100 member healthcare organization is LMCâ€™s own recruitment specialis Pamela Dellinger, PhD, RNC.
â€œIt is very humbling and honoring for me as a nurse to represent Lincoln Medical Center,â€ Dellinger said.
Itâ€™s also benefiting LMC, which gains its own valuable contacts with its new-found national link.
She has worked at the Lincoln Medical Center for 29 years and served on the board of the NAHCR for five.
During the first year she served as secretary, she served southern region chair representing over 12 states. She served one year as vice president.
Her term which began in July will continue through July 2005.
Dellinger said she is very proud to represent North Carolina.
â€œIn our national conferences we are the leader of recruiting nurses,â€ she said. â€œOther states model us.â€
According to Dellinger, there are 126,000 open registered nurse positions throughout the U.S. There are also 34,000 qualified nursing students who are turned away or put on waiting lists for nursing jobs.
It is expected by the year 2015 that there will be a shortage of 635,000 nurses in the nation, and 9,000 in North Carolina.
The industry must get people involved and educated to overcome the shortage, she said. Being leader of NAHCR gives her the opportunity pursue this mission and help LMC at the same time.
â€œIt is great to have contacts in other areas to see what other facilities are doing,â€ she said.
Members are as far away as Puerto Rico and Alaska.
Some of her future goals include to work with the state and her local colleges.
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