Parkview Health in Fort Wayne works to end nationwide nursing shortage

Parkview Health of Northeast Indiana is working end the nationwide nursing shortage by attracting, retaining and most importantly developing registered nurses.

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 5:37 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2018 10:56 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Parkview Health of Northeast Indiana is working end the nationwide nursing shortage by attracting, retaining and most importantly developing registered nurses. Programs that helps with development are the jump-start, simulation and residency programs.

"We use that program to basically give everyone that orientation and they get that chance to start as sort of a cohort and they get feedback from our nursing educators that are part of that program so that when they move out of that practice roll, that follows them," said Judy Boerger, Parkview Health Chief Nursing Executive.

Currently, Parkview Health has nearly 4,000 nurses, but that's not as many as they'd like to have.

"When you think of losing a third of nurses that you'd hire, it's extremely expensive to continue to orient. And at the same time we're losing nurses because they're simply not trained to practice correctly," said Boerger.

Parkview is looking at ways to bring in new nurses as the older ones start to phase out.

"We're partnering with schools,we are looking at ways to recruit from outside of NE Indiana sometimes because there's only so many programs that we have," said Chief Human Resources Officers Dena Jacquay.

Parkview's HR department has about 100 open positions for RN's.

"The kind of individual that you're looking for is someone who is compassionate and someone who at the heart of it wants to serve others," said Jaquay.

Jacquay says not all nursing careers require work inside of a hospital, but within industries outside of healthcare.

"These are not just bedside nurses these are nurse that might be within our ambulatory environment, within our Parkview physicians offices, theses might be nurses that are in virtual health or some nurses within our technology area."

Parkview Health says that with the new expansions they will continue to be proactive when it comes to expansion.

"The opportunity to provide compassionate care and to be there at those precious moments at birth and death only come to a few people," said Boerger.

Click here to register for Parkview Randallia Hiring Expo for Registered Nurses on July 26 from 3 to 7 p.m.

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