BALTIMORE, Maryland – The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has announced a commitment of $ 5.1 million to recruit registered nurses and other clinical experts at the bedside of Maryland community colleges. This initiative marks the first-ever unified effort of the âOne UMMSâ system to target new graduates of two-year schools in the state and will be effective with graduates from December.
âAs a system, we are committed to improving health outcomes for the communities we serve,â said Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, senior vice president and chief nurse of UMMS. âAnd in the spirit of the community, we have strengthened our partnerships with community colleges whose health professions programs are an excellent workforce resource, including schools in Maryland and with the Delaware Technical Community. Middle School.”
The UMMS Community College Tuition Assistance Incentive Program includes 600 vacancies, 300 for registered nurses (RNs) and 300 for other specific clinical positions such as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) , surgical technicians, radiographers, respiratory therapists, certified nursing assistants and patient care technicians. .
The program awards new RN recruits $ 12,000 and new non-RN recruits in certain clinical roles $ 5,000 upon graduation; both are based on successful completion of hospital orientation and any exams, tests or certifications required to obtain a license to practice.
Nursing grantees are required to commit to two years of full-time employment with their UMMS member organization upon completion of the orientation, non-RN grantees have a one-year requirement. A team of leaders from clinical care, human resources and finance from each site will review the applications and select the winners.
While some of the hospitals in the system had existing relationships with community colleges in their counties, prior to this initiative, UMMS did not have a comprehensive, unified partnership strategy with community colleges.
âThe demand for qualified clinical positions is at an all time high and we want to be the employer of choice for community college graduates seeking employment in the health professions,â added Dr. Rowen. “We hope these funds will help graduates cover a large portion of their education expenses and further differentiate UMMS from other healthcare employers.”
The UMMS Community College Tuition Assistance Incentive Program is part of a holistic commitment that UMMS has made over the past 18 months to support and invest in its workforce, including a minimum wage increase of $ 15 for all team members, waiving paid time off. (PTO) accumulated during the response to the COVID pandemic, offering PTO buyback programs and implementing other new bonus and incentive programs such as hourly increases for nurses and respiratory therapists, two roles disproportionately affected by staff shortages related to the pandemic.
Community college partner institutions in this initiative are: Anne Arundel Community College, Baltimore City Community College, Cecil College, Chesapeake College, College of Southern Maryland, Community College of Baltimore County, Harford Community College, Howard Community College, Montgomery College, Prince George’s Community College, Wor-Wic Community College, and Delaware Technical Community College.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a regional academic healthcare system focused on Maryland’s healthcare needs, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating future physicians and healthcare professionals. state health through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland, Baltimore Professional Schools (Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry) in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the state, the health system has more than 29,500 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians who provide primary and specialist care at more than 150 sites, including 13 hospitals and 9 centers. Emergency Care Department at the University of Maryland. UMMS’s flagship university campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, is recognized regionally and nationally for its excellence and innovation in specialty care. Our specialized acute care and rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the state. For more information, visit www.umms.org.