Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and and at CBS Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
As the home of multiple assisted-living facilities, two major health systems and a new multi-million-dollar hospital under construction, the Fargo-Moorhead area is feeling the squeeze of a national nursing shortage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of registered nurses needed in North Dakota and Minnesota will grow by 22 percent by 2020, and there will be 2,500 job openings each year in the two states. While those in the health industry are looking for qualified nurses to fill vacancies, the key to keeping up with demand is increasing education for nurses, said Dr.