Southeast Health looking to hire more nurses to overcome shortage

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As Coronavirus cases increase nationwide and statewide, local hospitals are searching for those on the front lines fighting this pandemic.

“Certainly, there is always a need for nurses not only because there is a high demand for them but there is also just a lot of opportunities for nurses so in addition to always being not having enough staffing for us is because we just have so many growing opportunities for nurses as well,” Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Owens said.

In order to bring in more nurses, the hospital is calling on all recent graduates in its 30-in-30 hiring campaign where they hope to hire 30 nurses in 30 days as the hospital continues to grow.

“The program we have going on is a 30 for 30 for RNs but we’re also looking for people who want to start their career here and want to continue into the RN field. We are recruiting for critical care, emergency department, in-patient units as well as some of our insulator areas,” Owens said.

Owens says of course you must be a qualified applicant and willing to join a top-notch organization that is dedicated to serving quality care for the community. However, she realizes the pandemic has caused and maybe even discomfort for incoming medical workers.

“We’ve always dealt with the unknown we always dealt with infection hazards and so I would say no lets not let this scare us away from being part of what we know our true calling for nursing our true calling what we know nursing is for,” Owens said.

Janie Dickerson, a soon to be Wallace graduate, says she’s fully confident getting to work soon in the midst of a pandemic.

“I feel like I been well equipped through school and I know when I get into the hospital setting or whatever setting I choose to work they’re gonna do their utmost to protect me and the patients. I love people its a calling and someone has to be there to help those people,” Dickerson said.

Owens says the shortage is stemming from nurses moving on to bigger markets or retiring. She says they are also taking strict precautions to keep the staff safe. If you would like to apply to work at Southeast Health, you can visit their website or you can show up on walk-in Wednesdays and you’ll be guaranteed an interview on that day.

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