It’s hard to find the right people for your unit, department, or clinic. And just when you think you might have the right resources, something changes to topple the entire house of cards. It can be devastating when your nursing staff is unable to function because of outside factors that make it difficult if not impossible to find the right candidates for open positions. There are some signs to watch for and ways to fix them to ensure that your healthcare facility remains productive and fully staffed.
A look at your hiring budget.
Hospitals and clinics, depending on their revenue stream, can be intensely underfunded. This might mean you have to fight harder for the budget and resources you need when you need them. This can be a frustrating process, but necessary to ensure that you are able to hire qualified nurses. There may also be times when your budget has to cover short-term roles or travel nurses as well, so always review the money.
Changes in flexibility for the job.
Nurses today are looking for something very different than their professional predecessors. Many new healthcare workers today are interested in a higher rate of return on their overall work/life balance. That might mean different hiring strategies than you have been used to in the past.
Struggling to find qualified candidates.
Nursing is an in-demand profession, which means competition is high for qualified nurses in your community. So how can you be sure that you attract, hire, and keep these professionals in your facility? If you’re struggling to find these candidates, there may be aspects of your unit that could be altered to make it more accommodating to new employees.
Issues with turnover in your unit.
There may not be a sure-fire way to prevent bad hires. They happen, but the aftermath can be devastating. But there are ways you can alleviate the risk of a bad hire and improve turnover in your unit by changing your overall hiring approach. It’s also essential that you focus on onboarding and training to ensure new employee satisfaction.
Considering outside resources.
Finally, you need to know that you don’t have to do this alone. Partnering with a staffing agency specializing in healthcare placements, including nurses and travel nurses, may help with every aspect of your hiring process. Their pricing can fit into your budget, they can offer flexible schedules, help you find quality candidates, and work with you to improve turnover rates.
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