Opportunities Abound...

Debbie Simon, UnityPoint Health

Central Illinois has a wide array of professional opportunities, which makes it a great place to work. You can enjoy a career in business, engineering, healthcare, manufacturing, education and many other fields right here—giving us a solid foundation to build on as we work to improve, innovate and grow the local economy. UnityPoint Health – Peoria is proud to be the region’s third-largest employer, with more than 3,500 dedicated professionals on our team. And there’s more good news: we’re growing. Opportunities to join our team abound, and we’re really pleased to have a strong talent pool from which to draw.

Today, some of the best opportunities available in our organization are for nurses. Our nursing team is a dynamic group of men and women dedicated to our vision of delivering the “best outcome for every patient, every time,” and we work hard to give them opportunities to grow. They have the chance to become mentors and participate in shared governance committees, ensuring that nursing has a voice in process development. When I ask nurses what they love about their jobs, it always comes down to one thing: teamwork. It’s a closely held value in our culture, and it’s what makes the most difference for nurses as their careers progress. I was lucky enough to get my start in healthcare nearly 40 years ago as a nurse at what was then Methodist Medical Center. One of the reasons I stayed is the support I felt from my fellow nurses and leaders. They helped shape who I am today.

UnityPoint Health – Peoria is also dedicated to helping develop the workforce, thanks to Methodist College, which has long been training nurses, giving them hands-on experience in clinical settings. But there’s more opportunity—and that’s why we’re creating programs designed to meet the needs of the region. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in health sciences with a concentration in several key areas, such as behavioral health. Graduates will be ready for careers in case management, counseling, psychosocial rehab and other behavioral health services. The need for these types of positions is projected to increase more than 30 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. We’re also working to prepare students to become clinical leaders with a concentration in healthcare management, a field projected to grow more than 20 percent by 2022.

In addition, our organization has dozens of opportunities for everyone from first-time job seekers to experienced professionals. I am proud that UnityPoint Health – Peoria is thriving, contributing to the local economy and helping develop our region’s remarkable workforce. iBi

 

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