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KentuckyOne Health hopes to hire 300 nurses in 90 days

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KentuckyOne Health's main goal is to recruit hundreds of registered nurses in just a few months. KentuckyOne Health's main goal is to recruit hundreds of registered nurses in just a few months.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On the front line of patient care, the nurses at KentuckyOne Health could be getting more help. 

To address its nurse shortage, KentuckyOne launched the "We Are One" program, offering nurses retention bonuses and loan payback programs.

Its main goal is to recruit hundreds of registered nurses in just a few months. However, only 20 percent of the positions offered are new.

"We do not have a retention problem in our nursing department. Nursing turnover nationally is higher than any of us would like," said Velinda Block, Chief Nursing Officer, KentuckyOne Health.

According to an American Nurses Association survey, half of the nurses reported insufficient time with patients, 77 percent work 12 hours shifts and 54 percent experience an excessive workload.

This all comes back to the national nursing shortage. As faculty continues to age, the demand is slowly but surely growing.

“We still are seeing an increase in the number of people who are graduating in nursing programs but it's still not enough to fill the demand that we have,” Block explained.

That's why it's full steam ahead to attract registered nurses who are available. KentuckyOne Health officials are hoping to continue quality care for patients like Wiley who depend on the nurses at his home away from home.

Just over a year ago, KentuckyOne Health laid off 500 employees and killed 200 vacant positions -- shortly after the company said it needed to improve its financial performance by $218 million by mid-2015.

You can learn more about the hiring campaign here.

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