FORT MYERS, Fla. - With the unemployment rate in Florida at 11.9 percent, more people are returning to the classroom. Or in some cases, a make-shift emergency room.
Students at Edison State College's new School of Nursing are getting hands-on training to prepare for the highly competitive job market.
The state-of-the-art facility features a mock hospital, complete with an ICU, operating room and pediatric unit.
Students train on mannequins that are programmed to sweat, cry, bleed and respond to procedures.
While most sectors of the economy are struggling, the health care industry gained 24,000 jobs in September.
The students at Edison will have to fill a growing void in the field.
"The prediction is that there's going to be a shortage," says Dr. Mary Lewis with Edison State College. "Even if schools put out the number of nurses they are right now, the prediction is we will have an 800,000 nurse shortage throughout the state. So the jobs are going to be there."
If you want to see what the nursing school has to offer, you can attend the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday, November 7th at 3 o'clock.