The bonus is being used to attract intensive care and operating room nurses.
Some US hospitals are offering recruitment bonuses of up to $40,000 and improved benefits to lure in nurses during a worldwide nursing shortage.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Monument Health in South Dakota, US is offering a $40,000 bonus for intensive care and operating room nurses.
The offer comes on a backdrop of a worldwide nursing shortage with the pandemic only worsening the situation, accelerating the number of nurses quitting the profession due to burnout and poor working conditions.
Figures from the International Council of Nurses (ICN) reveal a shortage of up to six million nurses with an additional four million expected to retire by 2030.
Meanwhile experienced frontline nurses in the UK have been awarded a pay rise of just 38p per hour.
Commenting previous about the nursing shortage, ICN President Annette Kennedy said: “The strain that nurses are under is unacceptable, and it is no surprise that so many are feeling the pressure and deciding that they can no longer continue in the jobs they love.
“When dedicated and experienced nurses call time on their profession, it is a clear indication that something is seriously wrong.
“Nurses cannot be expected to continue if they are overworked and under-valued.
“Our nurses have gone way beyond the call of duty this past year: governments must now repay their dedication and commitment with the support nurses need to carry on their vital work for the patients, families and communities that they serve so well.”
Bonuses to attract nurses.
Monument Health is not the only US organisation offering large recruitment bonuses, other hospitals and health systems across the US are also offering bonuses to attract nurses.
Trina Allen, vice president of human resources at Monument Health, said these are areas in which the system is expanding services, so eligibility is based on specific needed skills and experience in these areas.
“The purpose of the bonus is to attract individuals with the requisite skills and experience to fill the needs of our expanding surgical services department and our growing ICU — to which we just added six additional beds in order to better serve our patients and community,” Ms Allen told Becker’s Hospital Review.
The UK’s NHS has the option of offering recruitment and retention bonuses for hard to fill vacancies through a contractual premia, but this is very rarely utilised by the health service.