The state health department is hiking entry-level nurse wages by 17% as a possible antidote to recruitment and retention woes at the Montana State Hospital.
The wage increase sets in immediately at the Warm Springs facility for adults with severe mental illness, the Montana Nurses Association and MNA Local #7 said Thursday. The increase moves wages up from $32 to $37.65. Nurses with two or more years of experience will now make $38.70.
Vicky Byrd, chief executive officer of the Montana Nurses Association, which represents the nurses at the state hospital, applauded the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for the bump to remedy the chronic workforce shortage at the state hospital.
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