DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The need for nurses is great at Southeast Health, and the hospital is looking to “close the gap,” according to Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Owens.
The hospital is offering a $15,000 signing bonus for registered nurses with five or more years of experience. Those with less experience will receive a $10,000 bonus.
“Typically, you’ll see organizations that are offering these type (of) bonuses when they have a huge need and a large influx need for nurses, but honestly, actually, we’re just trying to close that gap a little bit more,” Owens said. “Three years ago, we had around 140 open nursing positions at our hospital. We have closed that gap to within, now, about 64.”
To qualify for the bonus, the employee must be an RN and have an Alabama nursing license. Returning employees to Southeast Health can also get the bonus, but they must have been gone for a minimum of two years.
According to Owens, the nursing shortage comes from a higher demand for personnel, thanks to a growing population and the hospital’s own growth as a health system.
“We have lots of opportunities within our organization where nurses are being utilized more in the physician office settings, but they’re also being utilized by insurance companies more so than they have been before and different area,” she said.
Owens also encouraged the younger generations to get involved early so they can get ahead in the medical field.
“If you’re interested in it, join in any of your health science programs at the local schools,” she said. “We’re also looking for teenage volunteers all the time in our volunteer department, and that’s one way I got my start at the hospital as a 14-year-old teenage volunteer working at the medical center.”
You can find more information on career opportunities at Southeast Health by following this link.