SPRINGFIELD — Nearly 3.6 million registered nurses in the U.S. constitute the nation’s largest healthcare profession. But those numbers are not enough. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified the need to attract 1.1 million new registered nurses to the profession, as upwards to 700,000 seasoned professionals are preparing to retire by 2022.
“One of the most critical challenges facing the nursing profession today is that we are in dire need of more nurses, especially experienced nurses who can immediately bring their proven talents to fill the shoes of those nurses whose accumulated knowledge and expertise over the years has served their patients well,” said Christine Klucznik, chief Nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Baystate Medical Center.
To meet the demands of a highly competitive marketplace, Baystate’s nurse recruiters recently developed an innovative concept called ‘open hours.’ where experienced nurses can come to Baystate Medical Center every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. without an appointment and speak face-to-face with a nurse recruiter and a hiring manager with the real possibility of leaving with a job offer.
As part of National Nurses Week, Baystate will be holding a day-long open hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 in the satellite office of Talent Acquisition located in the hospital’s Daly Lobby. Go to baystatehealthjobs.com to see current listings.