Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) continues to aggressively
recruit to fill the open RN positions at the WLMH operating room (OR), working
in collaboration with the community and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term
In addition to posting on national and international nursing
career web sites, we are targeting nurses through social media and local
advertising, connecting with academic programs and meeting new graduates at job
fairs. We are also providing signing bonuses up to $30,000 for out-of-province
nurses and a $1,500 bonus for HHS employees who put us in touch with a
Our combined efforts have resulted in a surge of
applications in the last few weeks and we are contacting and interviewing
qualified candidates as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, our current nursing complement allows us to
run the operating room Monday through Friday. This means that births cannot
take place at WLMH from 3 pm Fridays to 7 am Mondays due to the risk of a C-section
or post-delivery surgery being required. Eight babies have been born at either
McMaster University Medical Centre or at the St. Catharines site of Niagara
Health System since the weekend service re-direction began.
Our staff are making the transfers in care as smooth as
possible for the laboring mothers, including notifying the receiving hospital of
their arrival and transferring any necessary medical records. The WLMH Emergency
Department is available for births during weekend hours if necessary.
Learn information for expectant mothers.
Please note: there
are no changes to other services at WLMH, including diagnostic imaging,
clinics, scheduled surgeries, inpatient beds and the 24/7 Emergency Department.
Learn more information about recruitment.
Instructions for expectant moms can be found here.
More information including Q&As can be found here.
A nation-wide shortage of operating room (OR) nurses is affecting recruitment efforts underway to fill vacant positions at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Until this is resolved, we are not able to support the on-call surgical staffing that is required for obstetrical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We fully support the government’s commitment to our community to keep all our services at WLMH. For this reason, we are taking limited and temporary steps to redirect obstetrical care, and only on weekends. The service will resume at WLMH as we are able to add staff to cover the on-call shifts.
All other services continue as usual, including 24/7 Emergency Department.
This primarily affects women who are expecting to deliver babies at WLMH. Women who go into labour from 3 pm Friday to 7 am Monday can deliver their babies at McMaster University Medical Centre or a hospital of their choice in the region.
The redirection is a safety measure, in the event that a woman requires a caesarian section or other post-birth surgery, which would be done in the Operating Room.
Hamilton Health Sciences is one of Ontario’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare systems, providing care across the entire life spectrum, from pre-birth to end-of-life.
Our West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) site in Grimsby has been caring for West Niagara residents for over 70 years. As a community hospital, WLMH provides both inpatient services and outpatient services including emergency services, complex and palliative care, surgery and a maternal and newborn program.
We’re looking for operating room nurses to join our team at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and Hamilton Health Sciences is offering up to $30,000 as a signing bonus for out-of-province nurses.
View the job posting on our Careers website.
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