05/30/2008

Nurses in record numbers to start work at WVU Hospitals

105 new graduates help staff new 8th floor tower

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The largest complement of nurses in memory begins work next week at West Virginia University Hospitals. Some 105 new nursing graduates will begin their first day on the job helping to fill vacancies including staffing 24 new beds in a newly opened 8th floor tower.

“Obviously we have some magnetic appeal, because we are attracting all these nurses to work here,” said Dottie Oakes, vice president and chief nurse executive of WVUH. “We have not had to hire traveling nurses or agency personnel.”

WVU Hospitals “magnetic appeal” intensified in October 2005, when the American Nurses Credentialing Center named WVU Hospitals a recipient of the Magnet award for excellence in nursing services. The designation recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity.

In addition, in September 2007 Working Mother magazine selected WVU Hospitals as one of its 100 Best Companies for working mothers. 

Demand for nurses, coupled with retirements and fewer new nurses, is expected to yield a shortage of more than 1 million RNs by the end of this decade, according to the American Nurses Association.

Like many institutions, West Virginia University Hospitals is still recruiting nurses. But no new hiring on such a mass scale is anticipated, Oakes said.

The new 8th floor tower is devoted to patients following surgery who have left the recovery area but not yet been transferred to a regular hospital floor.

For more information on employment opportunities at WVUH, visit www.health.wvu.edu.

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For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
brunaisa@wvuh.com
ab: 05-29-08

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