05/29/2009

101 new nurses start work at WVU Hospitals

Laundry also posts more than a dozen new positions

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Monday, June 1, is the first day on the job for 101 new nurses at West Virginia University Hospitals.

Most of the nurses are recent college graduates. Some have two-year degrees and are planning to work on their bachelor of science degrees while employed part-time, taking advantage of WVU Hospitals’ tuition reimbursement program.

“We have good nurse-to-patient ratios, and we are a complex tertiary care center where they can get unique and intense experience in multiple disciplines,” said Dottie Oakes, vice president and chief nurse executive of WVUH, explaining the institution’s appeal. “WVUH has a good reputation. We are very fortunate in that many of our nursing staff are presenters at national conferences, and that gives us a lot of exposure as a professional workforce.”
 
WVU Hospitals is a Magnet hospital, recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing services. WVU Hospitals, which has also been highlighted as one of the country’s best companies for working mothers, employs more than 1,500 nurses.

Meanwhile, the WVU Hospitals basement laundry, which anticipates a major expansion when its new off-site facility opens in September, has posted 15 new jobs.
While 44 jobs are listed as open, that number is misleading, said Shane Rine, assistant vice president for support services. The laundry’s current 29 workers must reapply to keep their jobs because of the changes in hours and location. All current workers are staying with the hospital, he said.

“The jobs posted include three new team leaders, and the team leaders will be promoted from within,” Rine explained. “That, in turn, will create three new openings.”

The laundry is set to begin operating in September, but the new employees will begin work right away.

The new $7.8 million laundry is in the Morgantown Industrial Park on River Road.  There, linen service attendants are expected to process some 15 million pounds of linen a year, including sheets and scrubs from other hospitals in the region.

For information on employment opportunities at WVUH see www.health.wvu.edu.


 

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For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
brunaisa@wvuh.com
AB: 5-28-09

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