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Published on May 09, 2013

UHS Hospitals hires 100 nurses by Nurses' Week


Release:  Immediately
Contact:  Jon Tooley, 762-2336 or community_relations@uhs.org
May 9, 2013

For the second year in a row, UHS Hospitals recruited and hired 100 nurses by the start of National Nurses’ Week on May 6.

Recruiters know that, in any given year, they will need to hire about 150 nurses to work at UHS Wilson Medical Center, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, and UHS Primary and Specialty Care offices.

Each January they set their goal of 150 new nursing employees by year-end, and typically don’t reach the 100 mark – two-thirds of the way - until summertime.

But, in 2012 and 2013, many nurses signed on early, said Michael McNally, vice president for Human Resources.

“This kind of recruitment success is a testament to the leadership of our nurse managers and directors of nursing, to the recruitment efforts of the team in our Employment Department, and to our reputation as the premier healthcare organization in Greater Binghamton,” he said.

The early sign-ons are a good indication that an additional 50 will join up by the end of 2013, he added.

The new hires are needed to staff clinical areas as programs and services expand, and to fill vacancies when other nurses retire or otherwise leave the organization.

While 150 may seem like a high number, UHS Hospitals employs over 1,000 registered nurses and has an RN turnover rate of less than 10 percent, well below the national turnover rate of 13.2 percent for healthcare workers.

This year the new hires included 82 graduate nurses, many of whom have completed clinical rotations with UHS Hospitals as part of their education at Binghamton University and Broome Community College.

“Our graduate nurses really have the world of nursing opened up to them by our nursing leaders and teams while they are doing their rotations,” said Kay Boland, RN, vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at UHS Hospitals. “It’s a very supportive environment and they develop strong ties to our culture of care.  As a result, many choose to stay with us.”

UHS Hospitals also offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package, plus tuition reimbursement, which often makes it financially feasible for two-year-degree nurses to pursue four-year degrees.

And Ms. Boland noted that, as a major regional healthcare system, UHS offers many career options to nursing professionals.

“Because of our wide range of clinical services," she said, "they have a wealth of choices to explore.”

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.


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