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Area hospitals fight nurse shortage with new incentives

HCA Healthcare hospitals are now offering new incentives to recruit and retain nurses.  Several nurses, including ICU nurse Megan Kelley, are also taking part in a mentorship program.  Between her contagious laugh and pink hair, it’s easy to recognize Kelley in the halls of HCA Florida Pasedena Hospital.  “The pink hair started at the tale end of COVID,” she said. “All nurses started doing it — I feel like it was our badge of honor.”  Kelley said she first walked the floors of the hospital as a student.  “We’re so perfectly made when things are all going right that I love it,” she said. “That’s why, part of the reason why, I got into nursing.”

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