As a manager, you know that you shouldn’t take your contract nursing staff for granted. They do a lot for your unit, department, or clinic and are a valuable asset for your patients. But is there one aspect of their employment that you might overlook? Do you ask your contract nurses for their opinions often enough? You may not think about it because they’re not a part of your permanent staff, but there are many reasons you should be talking with your contract nurses to gain additional insight. Here are some of the hidden benefits.
You’ll make a good impression.
Your reputation is extremely important when it comes to how you treat contract nursing staff. And by including them in important decisions within your unit, you can create an impression that can pass on to future contractors. This will make your department a go-to location for contractors as individual will feel confident that their contribution matters under your supervision.
You can instill trust.
This process also allows you to build trust with contract nurses. Often, they feel as though they are not part of the greater team. Their positions are temporary, so they treat the position in exactly that way. But building trust with your short term employees is essential for giving them the tools they need to do their jobs.
You can get a fresh perspective.
You know your own team backward and forwards. You know their personality traits, their likes and dislikes, and how they are likely to react in certain situations. And while their opinions matter a great deal for you, getting an outside perspective can be very helpful in your decision-making process. It can help you think about things in a way you hadn’t considered before.
They won’t feel intimidated.
Another positive aspect of giving your contractors a voice in the decision-making process is to avoid a sense of intimidation on the job. Short term temporary nurses don’t always feel ownership over their processes, but by giving them buy in, you can build their confidence in you as a manager and avoid giving them the sense that they need to be worried or afraid to come to you with concerns.
Do you want to become a go-to department for contract nurses? Contact Fortus Healthcare Group to learn how we can help today!