News Corner: New Programs Incentivize Veterans and Others to Consider Nursing Careers

There is great concern among those in healthcare about the nationwide nursing shortage expected to occur as baby boomers retire or leave the field. In an effort to resolve the issue, various scholastic and healthcare institutions are stepping up with creative educational and financial offerings.

George Washington University is addressing the issue by making it easier for returning veterans to reenter the workforce through their new Veterans BSN program, reports Nurse.com. Given the desire of many veterans to continue helping others after they return to civilian life, George Washington School of Nursing saw an opportunity to make a difference.

After reviewing each student’s prior studies, GWU develops personalized academic programs specific to each applicant’s experience, prior college-level work, and military experience. The four-semester program offers a unique opportunity for veterans to find employment and continue contributing to society.

Programs such as this can work well for veterans and their spouses who have trouble gaining employment as a result of their unstable work history due to frequent relocation.

Other institutions are stepping up to combat the nursing shortage using out-of-the-box incentives to recruit staff. Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida pays for two years of nursing education (up to $6,000) in exchange for a post-college two-year commitment. In addition, they give generous bonuses, flat screen TVs, and even a down payment on a home.

Some hospitals in major metropolitan areas are offering reduced rent to nurses who live in buildings owned by the hospital as long as they commit to work in their facilities. Also being offered are longevity bonuses that encourage nurses to remain at the same hospital in order to be bumped to the next bonus bracket, helping to reduce staffing turnovers.

While people are concerned about the decreasing number of nurses in the field, there’s a number of different ways stakeholders are facilitating plans of action. Whether supporting the reintroduction of veterans into the workforce, or offering programs that support graduates fresh out of college, it’s clear that recruiting nurses is a growing priority for healthcare organizations.

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