University of Missouri Health Care nurses and health professionals are being given new incentives to work and stay in the health system, the Columbia-based hospital operator announced in a news release Wednesday.
The incentives are part of a new 2017 recruiting and retention plan. One is a student loan debt repayment program, beginning March 1, which offers nurses and health professionals up to $10,000 if they agree to work in high-volume patient clinics.
In addition, MU health professionals without student loan debt will be awarded a retention bonus of $2,000 at the end of each year, with a maximum total of $10,000. That benefit also begins March 1.
MU Health Care will also be instituting an award program for employees who refer health professionals to work in high-volume patient clinics.
The incentives could help bring more nurses to central Missouri. They are needed by the health care system to keep up with the increase in the number of patients in the last five years, according to the release.
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