Facing nurse shortage, Adena Hospitals offering $5,000 sign-on bonus

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A national shortage of nurses is hitting central Ohio.

As the baby boomer population ages, the need for nurses is growing. And that could mean big bucks for some caretakers.

Emily Reynolds has been a nurse for seven years. The hours are long, the work is draining. And she says there's no other job for her.

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"When you go home, and you've gotten to discharge that patient that had a critical incident that they were here for a month, and they hug your neck when you leave- there's nothing like it," she said.

The ability to help someone at their sickest is something she struggles to put into words.

"It pulls on your heartstrings...yeah definitely," she said, holding back tears "It's something that..that unless you've experienced it, you can't explain."

But like hospitals around the country, Adena Medical Center in Chillicothe is facing a shortage of nurses.

"Adena is experiencing a lot of growth. So supplying the caregivers to take care of those patients is the challenge we're facing right now," said Adena Health System Associate Chief Nursing Officer Molly Grooms.

She said the need is immediate and has required some creative solutions, including offering Registered Nurses a $5000 sign-on bonus.

"This is for those with one year experience. We really want those experienced people that can bring new ideas, new expertise," Grooms said.

She says Adena isn't at a crisis point- and this incentive is aimed at preventing that from happening.

Emily says she hasn't once regretted the path she's taken. She hopes others will answer the call.

"It's about safe patient ratios, it's about providing the care that you know your patients deserve. And at points, it's hard to provide that if there's not enough of us."

Those eligible for the bonus are nurses who commit to joining Adena between May 13-31, 2019, and meet the following criteria:

  • Licensed RN with at least one year acute care experience
  • Be hired for 0.6 full-time employment or greater
  • Have not worked for Adena Health System within the past six months


Adena is hosting two nursing socials including open interviews for potential candidates. The nursing socials will be held at Adena locations in Circleville and Chillicothe.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 5-7 p.m. at Adena Health Center – Circleville 140 Morris Rd Circleville, OH 43113​
  • Wednesday, May 22, 5-7 p.m. at Adena Regional Medical Center/PACCAR Medical Education Center 446 Hospital Rd Chillicothe, OH 45601

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