SAGINAW, MI — The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw is recruiting nurses to work at health care facilities across Michigan, including Saginaw, Traverse City, Cadillac, Grayling and Oscoda.
VA nurse recruiter Kristine Rodgers said the health care system, which employs more than 300 nurses across the state, is increasing its workforce and hiring registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants.
Although staffing shortages and recruiting challenges continue to affect the healthcare industry as a whole, “the VA is doing very well in retaining and retaining nurses and recruiting them at this stage,” said Rogers. “We did very well this year. We had a job fair in May. All our positions were occupied at that time.
Now the organization is hiring more nurses to provide health care to Michigan veterans.
Aleda E. Lutz VAMC in Saginaw is recruiting Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses for the Community Living Center and Specialty Clinics. And VA community outpatient clinics in Traverse City, Cadillac, Oscoda and Grayling are recruiting licensed practical nurses for patient-aligned care teams for outpatient primary care, according to a news release.
The pay range is $68,066 to $125,306 for RNs, $44,541 to $68,971 for LPNs and $33,933 to $55,402 for practical nurses, Rodgers said. The VA also offers retirement plans, a student debt reduction program for eligible employees, a scholarship program for continuing education, child care subsidies for those earning less than $149,000 a year and up to 26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave and 11 paid vacations, she says.
The organization also recruits for its transition-to-practice program for newly graduated RNs with less than one year of experience. The program is designed to help a recent graduate transition into full practice as a competent nurse. The nurse will be enrolled in a 12-month program, which includes hands-on clinical and classroom training, and will be accompanied by an experienced nurse. The registered nurse is required to attend all training to successfully complete the program, the statement said.
“We have great people working here. We also treat our veterans as our heroes,” Rodgers said. “It has always been a benefit, always a privilege to listen to their stories and hear how veterinarians appreciate the healthcare we provide to them.”
The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center operates an 81-bed nursing and rehabilitation community living center and provides care to more than 38,263 veterans in a geographic area of 35 counties from central Michigan to the Mackinac Bridge. Veterans also receive care at its nine VA community outpatient clinics throughout Michigan.
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