BRISTOL – Bristol Health on Tuesday is kicking off a series of virtual events aimed at recruiting nursing positions.
The series will include three sessions on each of four days throughout September -- something hospital officials have described as “a new and innovative way to provide job seekers an opportunity to explore open positions, speak with clinical leaders and even begin the application process.”
Hospital officials added that this is the first time ever that Bristol Hospital has hosted a virtual recruitment.
“The events are specifically for nursing positions, including registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and for nursing assistant positions, including certified nursing assistants (CNAs), patient care assistants (PCAs), medical assistants (MAs) and other similar roles,” Bristol Health officials wrote in a statement.
Lisa Stevens, Bristol Health’s director of Human Resources said that virtual recruitment events “are an opportunity to do something exciting and new that our health system has not done yet.”
“Nursing vacancies continue to grow on a national level and we want to be as proactive as possible in addressing this by actively inviting these amazing caregivers to come and learn more about Bristol Health, the opportunities here and all that we have to offer,” said Stevens.
Hospital officials cited a 2020 report published by the Bureau for Labor Statistics that indicated the need for registered nurses is expected to grow by 12% from 2018 to 2028; the need for LPNs is projected to increase by 11%; and the need for nursing assistants is expected to climb by 9% during that same time frame. A 7% growth is projected across all other occupations, hospital officials added.
Tuesday and Thursday will feature licensed nursing recruitment sessions at 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. On Sept. 21 and 23, CNA virtual recruitment sessions will take place at the same times.
According to hospital officials, each session is about an hour long. They will start with a 10-minute meet and greet, followed by two 15-minute breakout sessions in which participants choose which room to enter based on their own area of interest - ICU, Emergency, Med-Surg, Maternity, Cancer Care, Behavioral Health, STAT or Supervisory Nursing, Professional Development, Medical Management, Home Care & Hospice, Skilled Nursing or Primary Care. The breakout sessions allow participants the opportunity to interact with Bristol Health’s nursing leadership, ask questions, gain more insight into the role and learn more about the organization’s nationally-recognized nursing culture.
“The remainder of each virtual recruitment session will include an open forum to ask any remaining questions and take those interested through next steps for the application process,” Bristol Health officials wrote in a statement.
Officials added that Bristol Health has a history of nursing excellence and recently achieved Magnet recognition for the second time. The designation -- which only about 8% of hospitals in the country have achieved -- is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
“It’s the culture that makes the nursing team here at Bristol Health so special,” said Associate Chief Nursing Officer Nancy LaMonica. “Through even the most difficult days – and this last year-and-a-half with the pandemic health care hasn’t been easy – however we always stick together, support each other and believe our priority is delivering the best care for our patients. It’s amazing to be a part of a team and a culture like this. I am proud to be a nurse and there’s nothing better than being one here at this organization.”
To attend the events, visit bristolhealth.org/virtual-recruitment. Attendees have been asked to log on at least 5 minutes before the selected start time.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.