Del. veterans home hosting job fair amid nursing shortage


47 ABC – It’s only fair that there are enough people to care of our veterans when they return home. However, these men and women can’t get the care they rightfully earned if there’s a shortage of qualified caretakers. That’s the challenge the Delaware Veterans Home is hoping to tackle.

“The need is just not here at the Delaware Veterans Home. It’s nationwide and throughout the state,” says Archie Poling, the interim administrator of the Delaware Veterans Home.

Places across the country are experiencing a nursing shortage. “I feel like in the Delaware area, in the lower part of the state here, we have a need for all levels of medical,” says Poling.

Officials say veterans organizations are directly impacted. “There’s so many opportunities to spend your time helping or giving back that I think maybe veterans is one that has kind of fallen off a little bit,” says Shannon Hardester with Veterans Services at Salisbury University.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are almost 49-thousand vacant positions open across VA facilities with a high demand for nurses. “It takes a dedicated caring person to work in a field like this. There’s a lot of stories here. There’s a lot of good stories and a lot of sad stories,” says Poling.

The Delaware Veterans Home isn’t a VA facility but they’re no stranger to this problem. “We’re a 144 bed facility. We’re growing. And we need staff. We need staff that want to work here and care for the veterans of Delaware,” says Poling.

The Milford facility is not understaffed but officials are hosting a job fair to hire additional nursing staff, to meet the expanded needs of the facility when the newly renovated Blue Wing is reopened. “We are serving those who served. And I take that very serious. And I remind people of that every day,” says Poling.

The more caretakers there are for veterans, the better care they’ll receive. “It’s important to give back to those who gave because it’s a serious commitment,” says Hardester.

Officials tell 47 ABC another possible reason for the nursing shortage is pay and benefits. But that’s why the Delaware Veterans Home is offering a sign on bonus at Tuesday’s job fair.

The job fair at the Delaware Veterans Home is Tuesday, December 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Milford. Officials say they’re looking for CNAs, LPNs, RNs and even management positions. This year, the Veterans Home will offer signing bonuses to eligible new hires in the amounts of $1,500 for CNAs, $2,000 for LPNs and $3,500 for RNs. On-the-spot interviews will be conducted and same-day job offers will be made.

For more information, call 302-424-6000. Job postings and applications are also available here online. Applicants should bring a resume, references, driver’s license, Social Security card, CPR certification if available, and a nursing license or CNA certification.

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