CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Clinic is looking to hire 600 registered nurses.
The Clinic's three-day Nursing Now Career Fair is being held inside Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Cleveland Clinic Executive Chief Nursing Officer Sarah Sinclair said the openings are to replace nurses who are leaving and fill new positions.
"We have 11,000 nurses across our health system. We have 400 openings through normal attrition that occurs with that many nurses and then we've added 200 positions this year," Sinclair said.
The positions are at the Cleveland Clinic main campus, all eight satellite hospitals and even at clinic facilities in Florida and Dubai.
Sinclair said the openings are in all areas of nursing and that each person can apply for up to three positions.
"They have to come with their license so that we know that they are, in fact, registered in the state of Ohio to practice," Sinclair added.
Each applicant goes through an extensive interview process.
Angela Baker is a recent graduate of Lorain County Community College.
She applied for positions at Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals.
"I'm looking for OB, peds or NICU. Kind of that whole postpartum delivery," Baker said.
Once the offer is made and accepted, the applicant must go through the normal pre-employment process.
Sinclair said that includes health screenings to make sure the new hires can handle the physical part of nursing.
The hiring process worked out well for Brian Oskin of Cleveland.
He found out he will be starting a new job in less than two weeks.
"I chose to go to Lutheran Hospital. (I sat) down, talked to them. (They) interviewed me and hired me on the spot," Oskin said.
Michelle Lee learned she is one of the first new hires and is excited to relocate to Cleveland from Stanford Hospital in California.
"I wanted to work in a department that dealt with cardiovascular. That's a little bit more fast-paced. So, I applied for the step down unit. And I talked to the right manager and I got hired," Lee added.
The Cleveland Clinic is no longer pre-registering for the Nursing Career Fair, but walk-ins are welcome.
The fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.