In Midst Of Nursing Shortage, Hospitals Offer Incentives To Woo Professionals Into Open Positions
Areas in the state such as Bakersfield are desperately trying to fill positions as recent graduates look for work in the Bay Area.
Nurse Shortage Has Local Hospital Offering Extra Incentives
The nation is facing a shortage of nurses with a need of nearly one million by the year 2022. Locally a Bakersfield hospital see a similar problem. Thursday afternoon Adventist Health in Downtown Bakersfield, celebrated about two dozen new nurses finishing their training. But hospital staff said, even with these new nurses they still have more job openings. ...[T]he hospital is doing two things to recruit more nurses to Kern County. One is to offer up to $8,000 in signing bonuses and up to $5,000 in moving fees and two months of housing payments to highly skilled nurses, the other is offer residency training courses to better train newly graduated nurses. (Sheahen, 3/8)