AHN Launches Unique Weekend Nurse “Work Your Way” Opportunity to Enhance Staffing Levels and Reduce Nursing Staff Workload

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Unlike the traditional weekend programs nurses are accustomed to, the new AHN Weekend Nurse Program provides nurses the opportunity to make extra money on their terms and schedules.

Claire Zangerle, Chief Nurse Executive, Allegheny Health Network (AHN)

“We recognize giving up time on the weekends after a busy week at a nurse’s regular job is difficult, so we are recognizing that sacrifice and commitment with this new program." Claire Zangerle, Chief Nurse Executive, AHN

Allegheny Health Network(AHN) has launched a unique Weekend Nurse Program as part of its continuing efforts to address the labor shortages impacting the health care industry nationwide. Open to nurses across the region, regardless of where they work, the new AHN program is designed to provide flexible work-life solutions.

Unlike the traditional weekend programs nurses are accustomed to, the new AHN Weekend Nurse Program provides nurses the opportunity to make extra money on their terms and schedules. Without disrupting their current work schedule during the week, they can pick up shifts on the weekend at any AHN hospital. The commitment can be as little as one eight-hour shift a month, or as many as six 12-hour shifts a month on the weekends of their choosing. The program is open to nurses who currently work at hospitals outside of AHN, with rates of $85 per hour, as well as AHN exempt non-bedside nurses, who will earn time and a half plus $48 per hour. The program will be in place through the first quarter of 2023.

“The nursing shortage continues to impact hospitals and healthcare systems across the country,” said AHN Chief Nurse Executive Claire Zangerle, DNP, RN, FAAN. “We must continually develop creative solutions to ease the burden on our current staff while providing others with the opportunity to join our community of AHN nurses in unique ways. We are building the workforce of the future while supporting the workforce of the present.”

Continuing, Zangerle said nurses in the new program can pick up a shift or two on any given weekend and essentially be compensated about as much as they would make in a week of wages.

“We recognize giving up time on the weekends after a busy week at a nurse’s regular job is difficult, so we are recognizing that sacrifice and commitment with this new program,” Zangerle said. “We urge anyone interested to visit ahn.org/weekend-nurse for more information and to learn more about the various nursing opportunities available at AHN. Our “Work Your Way” nurse lifestyle program provides nurses with the freedom and flexibility to work in a way that suits their individual needs.”

Qualified nurse applicants are needed at the following AHN hospitals: Allegheny General, West Penn, Forbes, Jefferson, Wexford, Canonsburg, Allegheny Valley, and Saint Vincent. Nurses will be quickly on-boarded to units where the need is greatest, including medical-surgical and telemetry.

Other innovative offerings in the AHN “Work Your Way” program include a mobile internal staffing team model in which nurses are deployed to different AHN hospitals based on the needs of patients; and the traditional “weekend warrior” and “night owl” programs for AHN nurses who prefer to make those their primary jobs.

Zangerle said nurses at AHN are empowered to practice at their highest level in all settings, putting the patient at the center of their work by embracing evidence-based practices and collaborating across clinical disciplines.

About the Allegheny Health Network:
Allegheny Health Network (AHN.org) is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, Health + Wellness Pavilions, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, and a group purchasing organization. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, trauma care, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes, autoimmune disease and more. AHN employs approximately 21,000 people, has more than 2,600 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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