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State boosts pay for new Osawatomie nurses

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 29, 2016

OSAWATOMIE –The Kansas Dept. for Aging and Disability Services will raise starting pay for registered nurses at Osawatomie State Hospital. The department announced Monday that the starting wage for registered nurses at Osawatomie would rise by 14 percent to $28.44 per hour, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported.  KDADS secretary Tim Keck said a study showed that Osawatomie was paying nurses about 9 percent less than comparable facilities in the Kansas City area, and couldn’t attract nurses.  The pay raise won’t affect those nurses higher up on the pay scale.  Osawatomie has 22 full-time registered nurses and needs to hire 15 more, KHI said. T he hospital contracts with an agency to fill its nursing ranks but the state said it still will cost less to hire full-time staff nurses on its own, even with the pay raise. The hospital has been better able to hire licensed practical nurses and mental health technicians.  Federal regulators have decertified Osawatomie because of concerns about patient safety and overcrowding, so the hospital can’t receive federal payments.  A consultant said hiring more nurses is essential for the hospital to regain certification, the KHI said.

Tuesday, March 29, 4 p.m.

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