More Nurses Will Be Hired to Care for the Growing Acuity of Our Patients

June 28, 2019
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NHRMC recently added more than 70 nursing positions to strengthen our care teams, who are caring for more acute patients than in the past. The changes stem from NHRMC’s commitment to quality and excellence and are driven by the voices of our employees, physicians and patients.

“Thank you to those at the bedside who have provided valuable input. We have received feedback through the leadership teams in each department, as well as through the employee and culture surveys. That feedback and the voice of the frontline nurses has driven this change,” said Amy Akers, Vice President and Associate Chief Nurse Executive.

The new acuity based staffing philosophy is an enhancement of the Shared Care model NHRMC implemented in 2014.

“As NHRMC sees more patients and expands the services offered to our community, we are treating more acute patients,” Akers said. “To ensure that these patients have the best possible outcome, we need more nurses to take care of them.” 

In addition to this change, NHRMC also recently started a campaign to hire 84 nurse aides/sitters, developed a dedicated critical care response team, dedicated staffing for our in-patients holding in the ED and grown our Centralized Nursing Resource Office staffing team.  

As with any identified needed change, other needs are being evaluated continuously across the organization so that we can continue to provide the highest quality of care for our patients.

NHRMC, recognized as One of America’s Best Large Employers for the past two years, has a workforce of more than 7,500, including more than 2,200 nurses. Over the past three years, NHRMC has added 180 bedside nurses, an increase of nearly 12 percent. In 2018, NHRMC invested $7 million in increased nursing salaries in addition to the $17 million in system-wide wage adjustments from 2017.

The NHRMC Talent Acquisition Team is aggressively recruiting to fill these new nursing positions.