LEWISTON — For a while, they tried bringing nursing students pizza. It was a way for the St. Mary’s Health System’s talent acquisition team to connect, to introduce themselves, to say, hey, St. Mary’s has some jobs openings for you, future nurses. A lot of openings. They attended local college coffee-and-doughnut hours, too. And blanketed job fairs, where they tried to stand out from all the other talent acquisition teams from all the other hospital systems. They offered to help pay for school for current employees interested in getting into nursing and for nursing students who would agree to work at St. Mary’s for a while after graduation. They offered signing bonuses up to $10,000. “We exhausted every recruitment strategy we could think of,” said Lisa Cramm, system manager of talent acquisition for Covenant Health, which owns St. Mary’s. So with 70 to 75 openings — 20 at its nursing home alone — St. Mary’s decided to try something more bold. It went to the Philippines. In August and September, 13 experienced Filipino nurses joined the staff at d’Youville Pavilion, filling more than half its 20 openings. It’s the closest the nursing home has been in a year to… Read full this story
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