Staying Competitive: Healthcare Staffing & Retaining Talent - MedCerts

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Healthcare staffing departments are in crisis mode. The results of a recent survey showed that 47% of healthcare workers intend to leave their positions over the next few years. The employees who stay are often asked to take on more responsibility and stay on longer shifts to make up for short-staffing, leading to burnout and low morale.

HR departments and hiring managers need help filling vacant positions and there are several potential solutions.

Train and Promote from Within

It’s much cheaper and easier to retain older employees than to train and keep new ones. Retaining employees can be beneficial in several ways. When someone from within your organization moves into a new position, you already know this individual and how they learn and work with others in your team.

You would know their skill level and abilities already – saving you the time spent organizing and delivering an orientation. The employee may fit into the new role quicker because they'll already be familiar with the staff and the organization.

The question of how to retain healthcare workers is always on the minds of management and HR, but it has become a prominent issue in the past two years. If current staff can be persuaded to stay, then staffing departments can at least stop the bleeding. Partnering with MedCerts can help you train, upskill and re-engage your current workforce – consider them your first option for filling vacancies and enhancing the skillset and abilities of your staff.

Host an Apprenticeship

Hosting apprenticeships is a low-cost option for employers to bring in new talent. MedCerts – a registered U.S. Department of Labor intermediary – can find highly motivated apprentices to join your team and work toward earning a certification. This certification and all the involved paperwork would be completely handled by MedCerts.

Your facility can benefit from the apprentice’s labor and the extra set of hands, without worrying about the administrative aspects of the certification. Some of the apprenticeship programs offered by MedCerts include:

  • Medical assistant

  • Professional coder

  • Phlebotomy technician

  • Pharmacy technician

Apprentices can earn while they learn, and employers can be assured that they're gaining a quality certified workforce.

Hire a Fully Vetted Candidate

With MedCerts, you can skip the tedious task of sorting through stacks of resumes and get straight to looking at qualified candidates who've already been vetted and sorted by a third party. Only the best candidates who are already certified and ready to start working will be presented to your hiring managers.

New fully vetted trainees and interns can shadow current employees and learn the ropes, whereas new employees with any level of experience can be hired to take on more advanced roles. With full staffing, overtime can be curtailed, burnout diminished and morale lifted — all leading to a happier and more productive workplace.

A partnership with MedCerts can help you achieve all three solutions for your staffing problems listed here. Whether it’s providing you with properly vetted and trained talent, helping you host an apprenticeship or up-training your employees, we have your healthcare staffing solution!

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Written by Patrick Verda
Director of Partnerships

Patrick Verda is MedCerts' Director of Partnerships and a senior-level sales leader. With more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience in the Ed-Tech sector, Patrick understands the complex needs and challenges that organizations face, and he enjoys working collaboratively to address these challenges.

Patrick spent years in various sales and sales management roles at Blackboard, IBM, and Cengage Learning. Patrick earned a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from Hamilton University.

Patrick resides in Bloomington, IL with his wife and four grown children. He is a member of the advisory board for the Chicago-based nonprofit 'Cardz For Kidz'.

Published on May 18, 2022