Nursing is set to be one of the fastest growing professions over the next decade, and Aurora Health Care in Sheboygan Wisconsin is always looking for nurses, says recruiter Rebecca Sharpe.
“Aurora has the typical nursing positions that are always available,” she said. “We are always seeking new grads so that’s a great time after you’ve graduated to check out what we have open.”
The demand for recent graduates can vary from month-to-month, but Sharpe said that it’s always worth new nurses to checking back if there are no open positions when they first look.
In addition to recent graduates of registered nursing (RN) programs, Aurora also have openings for experienced specialists, such as oncological, wound care and surgical nurses as well as specialists for the neonatal and cardiac intensive care units.
Aurora’s recruitment focus is always evolving. “In the near future, we are going to be looking for a lot more behavioral health personnel,” including nurses with behavioral health experience, she said. Nurses will be one piece of an expanded behavioral health offering. She said they will also be looking for psychotherapists, psychologists and counselors.
“The community as a whole is looking for more resources and help for drug and alcohol treatment and other mental health issues,” she said.
Quality of life
Aurora Health Care in Sheboygan does a lot of recruiting locally, but as Sharpe looks for recent grads, she recruits heavily from nursing programs up to one to two hours from the area. She often hires grads from the U-W Oshkosh, Concordia University, Lakeshore Technical College and Green Bay and Milwaukee area nursing programs. But they also have seen nursing candidates from northern Michigan, she added.
Being born and raised in Sheboygan, Sharpe relies on her personal experience when trying to attract candidates to the area. She tells them that the area has a lot to offer new nurses looking to start their careers.
“The lakefront (Lake Michigan) is a huge draw, and the many different activities that brings,” she said. She also likes that Wisconsin is a four-season area, with distinct winter, spring, summer and fall seasons.
Some candidates relocate to be closer to family or because they are looking for a specific role such as in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Elizabeth, a 23-year-old nurse, who recently relocated from Ohio to Sheboygan to work for Aurora told Sharpe, “My husband and I chose to move to Sheboygan for two primary reasons: good job opportunities and to be closer to family. We love living close to Lake Michigan, Kohler Terry Andrae state park, public hunting land, and Kettle Moraine hiking trails.”
The nurse added, “We also really enjoy community events like the Levitt Amp concert series at the art center and all the various festivals and fireworks.”
She also said that Sheboygan offered a number of church options, as well as private and homeschooling support, which was important to her and her husband.
Support for nursing education
For those looking to get their start in nursing, Aurora offers support for nursing students throughout their education, Sharpe said.
Sheboygan area high school students can start their nursing education and even gain work experience as certified nurse assistants while still in high school.
“At Aurora, we’re committed to providing the best people who give the best care. To that end, Graduate Nurses and Registered Nurses with less than two years of RN work experience will need to possess a BSN (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing), or as a contingency of employment, formally commit to successfully acquiring a BSN within five years of their date of hire or transfer,” Sharpe said.
“To support our nurses in getting the additional education needed, Aurora offers up to $7500 per year in educational assistance to ADN (Associates Degree in Nursing) prepared nurses continuing on for the BSN in an approved nursing program,” she added.
Aurora has also partnered with Concordia University to offer an in-house bachelor’s degree program.
Nursing can be a challenging area to study, but she said it is also a rewarding one.
Aurora has an excellent benefit package, according to Sharpe, which has led to a lot of nurses and other staff members to stay with the company for a long time.
With great schools, affordable housing and great support, Sheboygan is an excellent place for nurses to get a start to their career or to bring their specialist skills to the area with a wide range of opportunities.