LIMA — St. Rita’s Medical Center held a career fair Monday in an effort to recruit nurses during a time when the health care industry is facing a shortage at this position.
The more than two-hour event allowed candidates the opportunity to present their résumé, learn more about what St. Rita’s has to offer, and network with various department heads within the medical center.
The career fair was open to experienced and newly registered nurses, as well as practical nurses. St. Rita’s is looking to fill about 30 full- and part-time registered nursing positions.
“Every unit or department has at least one or two openings,” said Christie Tabler, senior nursing recruiter at St. Rita’s. Tabler added that their largest shortages are in the intensive, cardiac and critical care units, though a variety of inpatient positions are available.
St. Rita’s is looking for “caring, compassionate employees” who fit the hospital’s mission of giving themselves to others, Tabler said. In turn, she said St. Rita’s can provide a workplace environment that makes them “feel like they are part of a family.” She added that St. Rita’s was recently selected as one of the top 150 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
“I think when they come here they’ll feel very welcome,” she said. “They’ll want to come to work. It won’t be a place where they’re just coming for a paycheck, it’ll be a place where they want to come and feel that they’re doing good for others.”
The career fair, which is held twice a year in the winter and summer, allowed candidates to hand their résumés to an actual person instead of sending it out through cyberspace. Tabler said she believes this one-on-one contact gives candidates a leg up on other applicants.
“The best thing is that first impression,” she said. “By making that first impression, the managers know right away, do I want to interview this person? It’s all about that first impression, even with the handshake.”
Ann Martin, a Wapakoneta resident and recent graduate of Apollo Career Center, was hoping to make a lasting first impression when she attended the career fair. Martin and fellow Apollo graduate Michelle Weiford came prepared with their résumés, which they handed out to department heads who staffed each booth at the event.
“We both just graduated from Apollo Career Center with our LPN degrees, so we’re just waiting to take our boards,” Martin said. “We thought we’d come out and see what St. Rita’s had to offer.”
St. Rita’s has achieved success with career fairs in the past. Tabler said at the last recruitment event, the hospital hired 25 of the 30 candidates who walked through the door.
For those who were unable to attend Monday’s career fair, applications are also accepted online at mercy.com.
Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @Bush_Lima.