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Cape Fear Valley Finds Success In Recruiting Nurses

Posted June 4, 2002

— Hospitals across North Carolina are dealing with a shortage of nurses; however, one Fayetteville hospital has come up with a solution.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has seen its share of hard times. Earlier this year, the hospital had to close almost 50 beds because it was short 70 nurses.

In March, the hospital came up with an ambitious idea to recruit 100 nurses in 100 days. The campaign is working.

Recent graduate Carol Caulder said she was at the right place at the right time when she heard about the recruiting campaign.

"Health care workers are needed. When I decided to go into this field, I knew I would be able to get a job," she said.

Skip Hynes left Cape Fear Valley as a registered nurse years ago, but the new campaign lured her back.

"They were going to give better pay, more flexible hours," she said.

New hires get benefits, including $500 bonuses.

The nurses said that the best part of coming on board is being able to improve the level of patient care at the hospital.

The Cape Fear Valley Health System is also looking for respiratory therapists and radiologic technologists. Its campaign ends July 23.

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