When nurses come back

May 12th, 2017

Caleb Guilford, RN, is one of those nurses whose departure from JPS elicited knowing smiles from colleagues, who said, ‘He’ll be back,’ with a degree of certainty that might seem unfounded. But after a few JPS years under your belt, you’ll find yourself saying it, too, because a lot of nurses like Guilford do, in fact, come back.

GuilfordHaving been at JPS most of his years since college, Guilford accepted a job at another hospital that offered him a significant step up the management ladder. It only took about six months before, “I knew,” he said. Guilford wanted to come back. He’s now a team leader on P5 Surgery/Trauma Progressive Care​.

What was it he missed? “The leadership at JPS,” he said. “I think our hospital is up to date as far as expectations of nursing staff,” and ahead of others in technical aspects of patient care. “We are years ahead,” said Guilford. “It was a shocker.”

Ask the nurse managers about nurses bouncing back and they’ll throw out names off the top of their heads. The last nurse who manager Jeri Ames welcomed back, “came back and brought another one with her.”

Janet Figueroa, RN, is another one. After years at JPS, she felt she had done everything she wanted to do and accepted a management job somewhere else. But she found herself feeling unchallenged and came back, resuming her 30-plus year career at JPS. She is now a house supervisor. “It wasn’t about money,” she said. “I was bored.”

In the last five years, JPS has welcomed back 269 nurses, creating a re-hire rate greater than a national benchmark covering healthcare overall.

“And I’m so happy to be back,” said Guilford.

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