Many areas of the country are facing a nursing shortage and it's only expected to get worse as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows.
...In Eau Claire Wednesdayday, U.S. Senator Herb Kohl got a chance to see what about $2.5 million in federal money was used for, as the Chippewa Valley does its part to address the shortage with its fairly new Health Education Center at the Chippewa Valley Technical College
Kohl says he's trying to help Wisconsin stay ahead of the curve as research shows more than 1 million nurses will be needed nationwide by 2012.
The Virtual Medical Center at CVTC continues to expand. It began with just one male patient simulator.
Now, there are others, making the center only one of two like it in the world.
Kohl also presented a grant to the West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Program get more healthcare workers in rural facilities.