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Nurses line up for jobs battling Swine Flu

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Nurses lined up throughout the day Tuesday at the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department hoping for an opportunity to join in the fight against the H1N1 pandemic.

Leslie Lazar has been a pediatric nurse for 3 years. 

"I've seen a child die, and it's the most heartbreaking thing ever to see, that the H1N1 is attacking these children," she said.

That's why Lazar decided to apply for a part-time job with the Health Department.

"It's a pretty lengthy process," she said. "Lots of questions, lots of references."

The Health Department is hiring temporary nurses to help administer the swine flu vaccine.  Officials say they're confident there will be an adequate supply of vaccine available, but they need to have enough nurses to handle the influx of people.

Director Yvonne Madlock said her goal over the next several weeks is to identify a pool of nurses that can work with the Health Department.

"We expect most of the nurses who will respond to our call for temporary nurses will be nurses that have full-time jobs," she said. "Or perhaps those who are out of the full-time workforce, but interested in temporary work."

A lack of temporary nurses may mean longer wait times for those who want the vaccine.

"Not only are we going to help the community and help adults and children with this, we will be able to educate on the disease and the immunizations," Lazar said.

Applications are being accepted Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:00am to 9:00pm at the Health Department's Human Resources Office, located at 814 Jefferson in Room 131.  Proof of licensure is required at the time the application is submitted.

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