Cleveland Clinic this week is using the city's professional football stadium to field a three-day recruiting blitz to hire 600 new registered nurses.
The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence organized the job fair both to fill vacant posts and to proactively prepare for anticipated new demands that will come with healthcare reforms.
Cleveland Clinic CNO Sarah Sinclair says it's the first time the prestigious health system has attempted a recruiting drive this big.
"Part of this is to put the brand of our nursing institute out there in the community so that people get an opportunity to see many of the great things we are doing," Sinclair said in an interview. "We are putting the face of nursing to the community. It also gives all of these folks an opportunity to see our various hospitals and what each of the hospitals has to offer."
"The other thing we've been able to do is through some of our national benchmarking, to really get our arms around what the demand side is for our business," she says. "We have the process well orchestrated and nothing will be done any differently than it is in the normal recruitment process."
The job fair runs March 28-30 at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Demand should not be a problem. Sinclair says more than 1,180 nurses have preregistered for the event and she is anticipating many more nurses will visit the event as "walk-ins."