Parker Adventist Hospital is among the many health care facilities facing challenges in the recruitment and retention of frontline caregivers.
“The challenges we are seeing at Parker Adventist Hospital are similar across the healthcare industry, including at other hospitals and care sites across the Denver metro area,” said Media Relations Manager Kevin Massey.
The Parker Adventist Hospital – of the Centura Health network – is starting to see improvements as it continues to recover from the challenges the pandemic placed on the healthcare system.
Between July and October, nurse staff turnover dropped 6.2% compared to the same period in 2021.
The nurse vacancy rate also decreased by 7.82% since Nov. 2021.
“We believe this is a testament to the workplace environment we provide and the efforts we are making to recruit and retain incredible caregivers,” said Massey.
To attract more workers, Centura Health announced in November a $30,000 bonus for night shift nurses.
According to the press release, residential nurses are eligible for the bonus if they have at least six months of direct experience and join the Centura Health healing ministry by Jan. 31, 2023. Prospective applicants must also agree to serve Centura Health patients for one year. The offer is open for both full-time and part-time applicants.
Re-hired residential nurses are also eligible if they have been separated from Centura Health for more than six months.
In 2021, Centura Health invested $200 million in their people and covered all care sites, including Parker Adventist Hospital through benefits and compensation.
This year, the company began to offer a student loan forgiveness program, an increase in tuition reimbursement along with developing a company-funded childcare FSA option.
“In October of this year, we adopted a 3% across-the-board base pay increase for nearly 18,000 associates, plus living wage increases for Colorado and Kansas caregivers that are impactfully higher than state minimums,” said Massey.
There are 36 registered nurse positions currently open at Parker Adventist Hospital. The job listings are posted on the Parker Adventist Hospital Careers page.
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