In January 2019, when director-general of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the proposal to declare 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, he could not have imagined how important that declaration would be this year.
“Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities,” the WHO said in a statement.
In the midst of a pandemic, nurses around the world, across the country, in Minnesota, Willmar, and at Bethesda are working under heightened awareness of an invisible threat with coronavirus (COVID-19). Nurses are at the front lines of the health care we provide at our senior living facilities, putting in long hours, taking extra precautions, and providing important care.
This week also is National Nurses Week, which begins every year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale (1820-1910), was a British nurse and known as the founder of modern nursing. Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War were foundational in her views about sanitation. She established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care provided since then, according to History.com.
Nightingale’s work ethic, commitment to sanitation, and care for others continues on in the nurses who work at Bethesda. Nurses fill many roles, from administering medication, to coordinating care, to providing comfort. They are among Bethesda’s many superheroes in scrubs.
And we are hiring more nurses. Bethesda is offering a $2,000 sign-on bonus to licensed nurses, and a $500 sign-on bonus for certified nursing assistants.
The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, according to the World Health Organization.
To help fill this need, Bethesda also offers an Employee Scholarship Program to those interested in a successful career in long-term senior care. Bethesda helps pay for employees’ tuition so they can reach their career goals.
To qualify for our Employee Scholarship Program, employees must be an active employee of one of the Bethesda senior living facilities, work an average of 24 or more hours per week, and be employed at Bethesda for at least six months. Additional rules apply. After employees apply for financial aid, whatever financial aid doesn’t cover, Bethesda pays the difference toward their tuition.
To get started on your career goals, complete our online employment application. We also would be happy to send you an application in the mail. Contact Baillee Hauser, Human Resource director, at 320-214-5603 or email her at [email protected] for more details.
Nurses make a difference in the lives of others every day at Bethesda. Join our team and find a career you’ll love.