On Monday, the University of Maryland Medical System said it had launched Recruitment Efforts of $ 5.1 Million involve nurses and other bedside staff as the pandemic continues to put pressure on medical staff.
The campaign, called the UMMS Community College Incentive Program, began in December and targets recent graduates of two-year public schools, the system said.
“In a community spirit, we have strengthened our partnerships with community colleges, whose medical professions programs are an excellent resource for the workforce. This includes schools throughout Maryland and the Delaware Community College of Technology, ”said Lisa Rowan, registered nurse, senior vice president and UMMS chief executive nurse, said in a press release.
Through the program, 300 registered nurses and 300 other clinical positions such as Licensed Practitioner Nurses, Surgical Technicians, Radiographers, Respiratory Therapists, Certified Nurses and Patient Care Technicians will receive $ 12,000 and $ 5,000, respectively, upon graduation. The press release says that in order to receive funds, graduates must complete an orientation in a hospital, pass the appropriate tests to obtain a license and agree to remain in the health care system for a specified period of time: two years for registered nurses and one year for those in other functions. … …
“The demand for qualified clinical vacancies is at an all-time high and we want to be the preferred employer for community college graduates seeking health care jobs,” Rowan said in a press release. “We hope these funds will help graduates meet the majority of their education costs and further differentiate UMMS from other healthcare employers.”
Over the past year and a half, the University of Maryland Medical System has raised the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, lifted restrictions on paid leave during the pandemic, offered pay time for buyouts, and increased hourly rates for short-term payments. the press release says they have full-time positions such as nurses and respiratory therapists.
Healthcare providers across the country needed nurses and other patient care positions as workers left their jobs or took on higher-paying travel positions. Many systems offer hiring incentives or retention bonuses to attract and retain workers, some of which go as high as $ 25,000.