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advancement opportunities abound for nurses. There are currently 54 nurses in administration and the Hospital’s 2019 turnover rate for nurses was 9.52%, well below the national average of roughly 17%. The Hospital places a strong focus on recruiting, training, and engaging nurses from the very beginning, and is focused on growing the next group of nurse leaders through mentorship, educational assistance, and leadership programs.
It’s this approach that leads nurses like Caitlin To to come to White Plains Hospital “and never want to leave.” To started at the Hospital in May 2011 as a summer associate in the maternity unit while still in nursing school, and stayed on as a nurse technician until graduation. In dream-come-true fashion, she was promptly hired for an RN position in maternity, and has been on the sixth floor ever since. “The maternal child health division is my home,” To says. “I’m so happy to be able to stay here.”
Since her hiring in 2012, To has been promoted to charge nurse, and is now an assistant nurse manager, enjoying her first foray into leadership. “What’s great about being an assistant manager is that you still play a clinical role at the bedside, but you’re also introduced to a managerial role. You look at staffing and scheduling, start going into meetings about hospital planning, and you become more aware of the organizational goals and how your division and the Hospital as a whole are growing,” she explains.
To was also able to take advantage of White Plains Hospital’s education reimbursement opportunities, earning her bachelor’s plus several certifications and currently pursuing her master’s with financial help from the Hospital. “Taking the financial burden out of wanting to further your education is wonderful,” she says.
Another White Plains Hospital nurse on the rise is Lauren Brancucci, who was just recently promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager of ICU/CCU. She came to the Hospital fresh out of high school as part of the Nurse Apprentice Program, spending two summers as an intern and then worked as a nursing technician during her senior year of nursing school. “The intern
programs supported me throughout college and gave me a very strong foundation as a new graduate nurse,” Brancucci says. After graduation, she stayed with White Plains Hospital, spending two years as a staff nurse in the Oncology/Med-Surg unit, then transitioning to her current focus in ICU, where she has worked for the past three years. What’s next for Brancucci? “My ongoing career goals at White Plains Hospital are to help expand and grow the current critical-care program we have here. I would like to be an integral part of helping to bring in new evidence- based practices and procedures to our unit,” she says, noting that “The Hospital gives us nurses the resources and support to succeed.”
Employees who have advanced their careers through nursing are plentiful at White Plains Hospital, and the Hospital, in turn, supports staff members from all departments who are looking to embark on a meaningful career in nursing.
The possibilities for progression are clear at White Plains Hospital, says McMahon, thanks in part to the early-entry leadership roles that are helping nurses like To and Brancucci further their professional growth. “Our unit leader position gives nurses their first little taste of what’s next. Then we have assistant managers and managers,” McMahon notes. “We’ve also created a mentorship program for nurse managers, working with them to boost their abilities and take them out of their comfort zones.”
“We’re a fast-moving, high-performing organization,” she adds, “and as we are continuing to grow, we will have more and more opportunities for talented nurses to become leaders.”
“THE HOSPITAL GIVES US NURSES THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT TO SUCCEED.”
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