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CoxHealth, White Water hiring

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CoxHealth and Herschend Family Entertainment Corp.’s White Water park will hold hiring events in the coming days.

The Springfield-based health care system scheduled a 5-8:30 p.m. event March 30 at Hotel Vandivort downtown. CoxHealth spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said officials will seek 50 registered nurses at the event, though the system has more openings available.

“We’ve found that a lot of great RN candidates would be interested in exploring career options, but they don’t want the red tape of applying and interviewing just to see what’s out there,” says Celeste Cramer, director of recruitment and retention at CoxHealth, in a news release. “This way, attendees can simply come by, talk to our chief nurse officer and directors of nursing, and learn more about the culture of CoxHealth as well as our open RN positions, incentives and more.”

The event will be the latest effort by the 10,000-employee health care system to fill a nursing shortage affecting CoxHealth and other hospitals statewide. The Springfield company last year launched an initiative to bring in some 100 nurses from overseas, largely from the Philippines.

For Springfield Business Journal’s Outlook issue early this year, CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards said the system had 1,800 nurses and could easily hire 300 more if they showed up and were qualified. 

Tomorrow, White Water will host a hiring fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Branson’s Skyline Baptist Church, 949 State Highway 165, according to a news release.

The water park is partnering with the Missouri Job Center for lifeguards, shop clerks, groundskeepers and cooks.

Megan Short, a spokeswoman for the job center, said HFE Corp. would not disclose the number of open jobs. Silver Dollar City’s job site lists six positions open at the theme park.

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