ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene Regional Medical Center has hired new physicians and is looking for new nurses to fill positions.

The nationwide nurse shortage has hit the Big Country and ARMC held their nurse recruitment fair Friday to meet some of the nurse hopefuls.

According the nurses at ARMC, the shortage is said to be caused by baby boomers getting ready to retire and moving out of the field.

"We have a lot of baby boomers that are retiring and so a lot of people are moving into our area, we have a lot of new physicians and so we just need a lot of nurses, there's just a nursing shortage nationwide," said Debbie Hancock, a nurse at the medical center.

Hancock also said they are looking to fill any and every type of nursing position.

"Right now we're looking for all disciplines,
 Hancock said. “We're looking for critical care, ER, med surge, oncology, any type of nurse. If there's nurses out there that want to go ahead and transfer to another discipline or learn another discipline, we're willing to take those individuals as well."