Mercy Health is the largest health system in Ohio and one that is consistently ranked as one of the top health systems in the United States for clinical performance and efficiency, according to Nanette Bentley, spokeswoman for Mercy Health-Cincinnati, which employs approximately 9,000 people. Of those employees,more than 1,150 work at Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital and more than 1,700 across its locations in Butler County.
At this career fair, Mercy Health is seeking to hire a wide array of health professionals, including nurses, medical assistants, patient care assistants; laboratory, imaging and pharmacy technicians; physical, occupational, sports medicine and speech therapists, environmental services staff and more, Bentley said.
The jobs are a combination of new and open positions across all Mercy Health hospitals, medical centers, 100-plus physician practices and other locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, she said.
“Based on patient volume, we need staff for overflow units, for example, and we’re always adding physicians to expand patient access to care,” Bentley said. “Each medical practice has a care team associated with it, in addition to the physician or advanced provider who treats patients.
Nursing applicants should be graduates of state-approved nursing schools and hold current RN licensure to practice nursing as issued by the State of Ohio or have plans to obtain their licensure.
Applicants need not apply ahead of time. Bring a copy of your resume and be prepared for on-site interviews. If you are unable to attend but would like a recruiter to contact you, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.mercy.com.mercy.com/careers/ to view open positions.
We asked Bentley several questions regarding finding employment at Mercy Health. Here’s how she answered:
Q: What’s the biggest challenge facing Mercy Health and others in the health care industry and how is it uniquely positioned to address that challenge?
A: “Unemployment levels are low and job seekers have a choice when it comes to where they want to work. We have unique programs that enable Mercy Health employees to advance their careers. For example, we offer a year-long paid nurse residency program open to new graduates and nurses with less than six months of acute care experience. It features four tracks (medical surgical/telemetry/orthopaedics, critical care, emergency department and operating room) and allows new nurses to enter specialty areas out of school, instead of the typical wait of one to three years.
“It offers them the chance to continue their education and fast track their careers by growing their skills and confidence quickly and also features a supporting mentoring program. Additionally, because Mercy Health is a non-profit, all Mercy Health employees are eligible to participate in federal Public Services Student Loan Forgiveness program. We are also announcing an exciting benefit for nurses in direct patient care soon.”
Q: What’s the most prevalent roadblock you’ve encounter when it comes to hiring and what can job seekers do to remedy that situation?
A: “It is a job seekers market. We recommend that people pick the organization that matches their values and goals and has growth opportunities. For example, Mercy Health, as a mission-based organization, puts patients first with a strong focus on providing compassionate care. If that appeals to you, we’d to hear from you.”
Q: Some job seekers are concerned about the limits of advancement within a company. To what degree can Mercy Health employees advance from entry-level roles to become department managers and team leaders?
A: “Every department has team leaders, supervisors or the equivalent. There are strong opportunities for growth at Mercy Health, which itself is growing.”
Q: What’s the vision for Mercy Health’s growth, both jobs and otherwise, for the next five years?
A: “Mercy Health is growing all the time and with the recent announcement that Mercy Health is now part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, our footprint now extends to seven states, with 57,000 employees located at more than 1,000 care sites, including 43 hospitals, more than 50 home health agencies, hospice agencies, and skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.”