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IU Health facing nursing shortages, holds critical hiring event

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana University Health is looking to fill more than 600 healthcare positions they say are critical in helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

It’s a number the state’s largest healthcare provider is hoping to put a dent in during a three-day virtual hiring event starting Monday. 

As of Friday, more than 90 interviews had been scheduled. 

While the focus is on statewide nursing and medical assistant roles, the hospital is also looking to hire patient care assistants and respiratory therapists. 

Tanya Hahn is the vice president of talent acquisition at IU Health and says hiring has been hard during the pandemic. The hospital network is seeing a shortage of nurses and they’re now offering incentives like relocation expenses to attract out-of-state healthcare workers to Indiana. 

IU Health is also fast-tracking interviews during the event to speed up the hiring process. 

“Applicants may only need one interview instead of having to talk to several people,” said Hahn. 

IU Health says they are doing what they can to help their current staff, but Hahn says the job fair is critical for the hospital to stay prepared as we head into winter. 

“We also are aware if there is a significant surge in COVID cases, some of our team members could be out sick themselves and we want to make sure that we’re well staffed,” Hahn said.

The hiring event is virtual from Nov. 9-11.

Those interested in applying should click here to set up an interview.