“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays,” sings the crooner. It’s true that this time of year brings about a longing to be home with your family. And that’s no less true for previous UAMS employees who come back to UAMS time and time again. In fact, approximately 25% of people hired at UAMS are actually rehires – previous UAMS employees who return home to their UAMS family. Over the years, we’ve asked rehires why they return to UAMS and we hear similar themes in responses every time: high quality care, teaching environment, professional development opportunities, and teamwork.
Greg Evans, RN, is a recent example of a UAMS rehire. Greg received a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis in 1991 and decided to pursue a nursing career so he could learn more about this disease and better manage his health. He graduated from the Baptist Health School of Nursing in 1995 and began his career at UAMS in 2002. During his 20 years at UAMS he worked on several units, including Med-Surg, Solid Organ Transplant, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Myeloma. In 2021, he decided to complete his nursing degree at UALR, and he also became nationally certified in med-surg nursing. Shortly thereafter, he began suffering from burnout. He thought a change in location might help and went to work in ortho/oncology at a smaller facility in Central Arkansas and has been there for the past couple of months. He came to realize that he missed the state-of-the-art care and cutting-edge research of UAMS. He decided to return to working with myeloma patients on F7 and is excited to be rejoining Team UAMS later this month. “I’m excited to return to UAMS,” commented Greg. “Being part of a teaching facility creates a team approach to care, and I find it very rewarding.”
The UAMS team environment is one of the biggest strengths we have. Many team members have found life-long friends at UAMS and others express fondness about their work family. Do you know a previous UAMS employee who might long to come “home” to UAMS? The UAMS RN/LPN Referral program provides a monetary bonus to you and an experienced RN/LPN for qualifying areas. This includes previous UAMS RNs who have been gone from UAMS for at least 180 days. See more information about Referral Bonus opportunities on the UAMS Nurses Website. I hope you have blessed holidays, especially if you will spend it here, surrounded by your work family.