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July 20, 2005|By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest | Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Donna Monius

Nurse recruiter, St. Joseph Medical Center

Age: 55

Years in business: 35 -- the last five with St. Joseph Medical Center.

Salary: Range for a nurse recruiter in the Baltimore area is $45,000 to $70,500, with an average pay of $66,400, according to the Maryland Healthcare Human Resources Association.

How she started: Graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing. She later obtained her bachelor's degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her master's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She also is certified in nursing administration. She worked for several years as a bedside nurse and later held various nurse management.

Trick to recruitment: Quick response to candidates. "I will get back to all calls within 24 hours, if not that same day."

The numbers: Monius has recruited 190 registered, bedside nurses between July 1, 2004, and the end of May. The hospital employs 750 registered, bedside nurses.

Typical day: Monius works a 50-hour week with some weekends and travel. She spends most of her day finding candidates from multiple sources, prescreening candidates, interviewing them and making job offers. She also does employment screening such as checking credentials. In addition, she attends about 20 job fairs a year.

Philosophy on the job: "Every candidate is important."

An easy sell: "The hospital has a very good reputation, so it does help me recruit. The staff is also active in referring RNs to the hospital."

The good: "Being able to place nurses where they are going to be happy and where it is a good fit for them and the institution."

The bad: Having to break the bad news to candidates that they did not get the job, or, after making a selection, telling them they did not pass the pre-employment screening process. "Jobs are people's lives and you are caring about them."

On the nursing shortage: "The care is more complex on the general nursing units, which increases our need for more nurses in the middle of a shortage. I don't see an end in sight. In fact, it might get worse."

Extracurriculars: Monius also teaches nursing at Villa Julie College and is a member of the Maryland Health Careers speakers' bureau.

Nancy Jones-Bonbrest Special to The Sun

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