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Hire 100 nurses in 100 days? No problem

The U-M Health System (UMHS) has hired more than 100 top-quality nurses a month before its 100-day hiring drive was set to end—and more positions are still available.

Despite nursing shortages in Michigan and across the country, UMHS's effort to recruit 100 nurses in 100 days, which began in early September, exceeded its goal before the original late-December deadline.

The success of this campaign is attributed to UMHS's competitive salaries and benefits, in addition to some of the best working conditions in the state, says lead nurse recruiter Carrie Dawson, a registered nurse.

Indeed, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) has called the UMHS nurse salaries the "most competitive in the Michigan nursing labor market."

In addition to trying to attract the best nurses to its staff, UMHS puts an emphasis on orientation and on strategies to retain top nurses. Many of the newly hired nurses will work together as a team to address areas that are important for retention of existing staff at UMHS.

"Our organization is truly committed to investing in increasing our nursing staff ratios," Dawson says. "So, even though it's not considered to be peak recruiting season, I knew that our institution would have what it takes to bring in the very best nurses out there."

With several positions still available, UMHS plans to continue its hiring push to bring more nurses into acute care medical/surgical hospital units, and adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient facilities. Advertising, job fairs and publicity will continue, with new on-screen ads making their debut this month at movie theaters in several cities.

UMHS recently joined forces with Johnson & Johnson, along with other area hospitals, health care institutions and nursing organizations, to establish a nursing scholarship and grant program to encourage more people in the Detroit area to enter the nursing field.

UMHS employs more than 1,900 full-time and 400 part-time staff nurses, as well as more than 70 nurse managers and directors. Nurses at Michigan are able to create the career path they desire by participating in a variety of practice environments, ranging from ambulatory care, acute care and intensive care, to emergency care, surgical nursing, Survival Flight air-ambulance care and trauma care. Since 1975, UMHS staff nurses have been represented by the MNA.

For information on nursing opportunities at UMHS, call (877) NURSE-UMHS, visit or e-mail



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