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Networking event draws new nursing grads — and job offers

More than 60 graduates and students attended the event at Smullin earlier this month.


Talent Acquisition’s Tami Garcia (left), Kelly Williams and Bailey Morgan share a laugh before the event starts. More than 30 new grad nurses are in the process of being hired at Asante in the wake of that in-person event.

From left, Talent Acquisition’s Tami Garcia, Kelly Williams and Bailey Morgan share a laugh before the event starts. More than 30 new grad nurses are in the process of being hired at Asante in the wake of that in-person event.

Dozens of new grad nurses are joining Asante after a March 4 Nurse Networking Event that was held in-person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

As of March 21, 31 new grad nurses had accepted offers, eight offers were pending and only one offer was declined — a huge success for Asante, said Talent Acquisition supervisor Tami Garcia. “We have been hosting virtual events over the past few years. While this has been successful reaching our out-of-area candidates, it has also been difficult to really connect with our candidates with a more personal and friendly approach. People want connection.”

Nursing recruiter Bailey Morgan said Talent Acquisition received positive feedback from attendees and they’re looking forward to another in-person event this summer.

“The event revived our employee brand and created excitement for leaders, community members and future nurses about what’s yet to come for nursing at Asante,” she said.

More than 60 new grad nurses and nursing students attended the event, held at the Smullin Health Education Center and featuring tours of the Simulation Lab, prizes, Asante swag, fuel-up snacks, a photo booth and gas cards for those who traveled far. Two dozen leaders and managers were on hand to give presentations, answer questions and talk with potential applicants. Some even gave offers right on the spot, a new feature of the networking event made possible in partnership with Human Resources, leadership and unit managers.

Asante Chief Nursing Officer Amanda Kotler answers questions from an engaged crowd of more than 60 new grad nurses interested in working at Asante.

More than 670 new employees have been hired in all areas of Asante in the past six months. Talent Acquisition has launched multiple initiatives to increase Asante’s chance for success in a nation where all health care systems are struggling to attract workers in the post-COVID area. Here are just a few of the initiatives:

  • Employee referral bonuses for high-vacancy positions ($2,000 to $5,000).
  • A quick-apply option for visitors to our career site.
  • Specific and targeted advertising campaigns nationwide.
  • Career pathways for core positions to allow for opportunities and advancement, including CNA, LPN, phlebotomy, limited-license X-ray and surgical tech.
  • Enhanced employee value proposition, “Everything you are means everything to us.”
  • Strong partnerships with local colleges and universities.

More in-person hiring events are planned in the coming months, including the Nurse Networking Event and a careers fair for nonclinical positions.

“Our team is working hard to make a difference on the front lines,” said Jen Susi, director of talent management for Talent Acquisition. “We realize the success of Asante starts with great hires.”

Tags: career, hiring, jobs, nursing grads, Talent Acquisition
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