Most hospitals in our area will be quick to tell you they want experienced nurses.

They're not calling it a nursing shortage, but for some hospitals, lately, experienced nurses have been hard to find.

They're looking both for experience, and those who have a nursing specialty.

The demand is as much predictive of the future of medicine if anything; mostly a combination of aging baby boomers and the Affordable Care Act.

If you've been watching WDBJ7 in the past week or so, you may have noticed an ad from Lynchburg-based Centra Health; they're not hiding the fact that they're looking.

Melaine Moore runs the practical nursing program at Virginia Western Community College.  Her program is in high demand, "Classes are always full, waiting list usually," Moore said.

Moore cites several reasons hospitals are always looking for nurses.

She says the average age of a nurse is in the mid-40's, and nearly half are nearing retirement age.

"Right now we're in process of rebuilding that workforce," Moore continued.

One of those students, Angelina McCauley has options, "I've already been offered two jobs after I sit for my state boards," she said.

McCauley is a mother of two and always wanted to be a nurse.  She'll finish Virginia Western's program later this spring.  She didn't name any specific hospitals, but in her opinion, there's a reason she has two job offers.

"I just think that the nurses have too much responsibility, I think more nurses need to be on the floors to properly care for the patients," McCauley said.

Not long after she picks one of those jobs, McCauley intends to receive more training, exactly what hospitals are looking for.

LewisGale spokeswoman Joy Sutton also said the hospital has noticed a bump in patients in the past year. Experts say that's possibly due to the Affordable Care Act opening up coverage to more people. 

Either way, more patients means a greater desire for nurses, something hospitals say they're always looking to fill.