Thursday, May 09, 2013
UHS Hospitals hires 100 nurses by Nurses' Week
For the second year in a row, UHS Hospitals recruited and hired 100 nurses by the start of National Nurses’ Week on May 6.
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.
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.
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
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.”