Parkview: Invest In Nurses

July 2014

Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center has difficulty attracting and retaining experienced nurses due to the relatively low wages it pays. The hospital’s RN turnover rate has exceeded 10% per year over the last five years—more than double the rate of other area hospitals.

BeloitMoguelI’ve seen a lot of RNs come and go in my 13 years at Parkview. Experienced RNs are so valuable to the patients, the MDs and each other. We are the ones at the bedside 24 hours a day and we are the resource to newly hired RNs. Continuity of care is what experienced, dedicated RNs provide Parkview year after year. We need a fair contract, which draws in experienced RNs and promotes retention of existing employees.

—Beloit Moguel, RN, NICU

Parkview’s average RN wage rates rank in the bottom third among the 65 acute care hospitals within a 50-mile radius for most hospital units/services, as found in the latest data available from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).

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