Hundreds turn out for 50 healthcare openings

Feb 8, 2013

State health workers are in demand. A job fair Thursday, sponsored by the state’s Department of Labor and Training and department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, advertised 50 open positions.

Behavioral health director Craig Stenning says more than 200 people showed up in the first hour alone to find out about a range of health care jobs. “And the range of positions began with registered nurses, and they also included nursing assistants, and what we call community living aides, and those are people who work in our network of group homes throughout the community.”

Stenning says some positions have been difficult to fill on time because the state’s recruiting and hiring procedures can take several months. But a new policy is allowing his department to recruit on an ongoing basis, anticipating and filling needs before there’s a shortage.