Recruit the Best Healthcare Professionals: A How-To Guide

Healthcare is one of the biggest and most competitive industries today. There are endless amounts of jobs available, and limited amounts of qualified professionals. Because of this, many recruiters can no longer attract, recruit, and retain skilled talent. Have no fear, we’ve put together some industry tips and tricks to help you find the best healthcare professionals that fit your facility’s needs.

Recruit the Best Healthcare Professionals: A How-To Guide
Recruit the Best Healthcare Professionals: A How-To Guide

 

Keep a Long Term Candidate Pool

Just because a candidate isn’t a perfect match for your facility right now, it doesn’t mean he/she won’t be perfect fit for a future role. Make sure to keep all records of previous stand out candidates. This will allow your candidate pool to constantly grow, and make the sourcing process a little bit easier. The candidate will be thankful that you keep them in mind for future positions.

Modernize Your Pipelines and Sourcing

Are you still using the same old processes to recruit candidates? Technology is changing, and the way your candidates look and apply for jobs is changing with it. Immerse yourself in LinkedIn, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. These platforms simplify the sourcing and recruiting process. You’re likely to find a larger amount of candidates on these platforms, rather than through old school recruiting processes.

Train Internal Staff

Encourage your internal staff to continuously grow their knowledge and skills! Offer them workshops and discounted certification opportunities. As you know, the higher level opportunities can be more difficult to recruit. Let your internal staff enhance their career by taking that high level position. Now you have an easier task of recruiting for the lower level position. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Utilize Referrals

It’s likely that your current employees know a lot of other people in the healthcare profession! Keep your staff up to date on all of your job openings and encourage them to refer people from their network. Your current employees can act as advocates for your facility.

Streamline the Application Process

No one wants to fill out a lengthy application anymore. Therefore, you must make your application process as streamlined as possible. Get more applicants into your pipeline quicker, and worry about the specific job details later.

Enhance Your Facility’s Brand

Even if you perfect the way you recruit, your facility’s brand or reputation can get in the way. Ensure your facility is collecting positive online reviews, and addressing any negative ones that may arise. Add content to your website that shows nurses why your facility is the best facility to work for! Honor your employees on social media by showing off employees of the month, bonus programs, and reward programs.

Let an Agency Recruit For You

When your facility is understaffed and turnover is high, recruiting can get overwhelming. Reduce recruiting and sourcing costs, and let a staffing company handle your recruiting for you. These agencies have experts in the healthcare industry that can source the very best talent.

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46% of Nurses Are Burned Out: The Epidemic

Everyone has been tired before. Sometimes life feels like too much, family responsibilities take its toll, and work adds additional stress. Being burned out, however, is vastly different and causes a lot more harm.

Burnout is a condition caused by an overly exhausting workload. Working long hours, picking up too many shifts, and physical exhaustion can all cause burnout.

46% of Nurses Are Burned Out: The Epidemic
46% of Nurses Are Burned Out: The Epidemic

Burned out nurses feel disengaged with their job. This causes nurses to lose their passion and job satisfaction. Not only is this mentally and emotionally exhausting for the healthcare professional, but the patient also suffers. Nurses that are burned out are groggy, lethargic, and unmotivated, and therefore cannot provide their best care to patients. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent this condition BEFORE it happens.

Know the Symptoms

The first step in preventing burnout is knowing what the symptoms are. The first symptom many people notice is feeling completely disengaged with both work and personal life. Prolonged exhaustion is another symptom that is a red flag. Additionally, many nurses who are suffering from burnout have said that they feel a lack of empathy for their patients. Clearly, when a nurse is feeling the effects of burnout, everyone suffers.

Self-Management

When you begin to recognize these symptoms, it is important to take the necessary precautionary measures before burnout takes over. Whether you talk to your supervisor about your workload, or just switch up your schedule, it is important try different techniques to understand what is causing burnout. To take care of others, you must take care of yourself first.

Self-Care

In your time off, keep your own health up to par. Make sure you are getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. This can be difficult for those working long shifts, and for those working nights. However, sleep is necessary. Take naps if you cannot get the recommended amount of sleep at night.

Be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Most importantly, don’t overwork yourself! One of the benefits of working per-diem is the schedule flexibility. Give yourself scheduled days off. Plan time for rest and relaxation. Do whatever you can to feel your best!

With these tips, we hope to reduce the amount of burned out nurses. By taking preventative measures, the nurse’s, patient’s, and facility’s well-being will all improve.

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