Staffing is an issue across nearly every industry right now. We’ve all heard the stories of restaurant- and service-oriented businesses closing due to labor shortages. But healthcare staffing has been particularly hard-hit thanks to its role in fighting the pandemic.
The healthcare industry had already been experiencing labor shortages even before the pandemic began, due to a number of factors. A report from 2019 predicted the market for healthcare staffing would see significant growth due to an aging population requiring more care, and more healthcare professionals reaching retirement age. For example, a survey conducted in 2018 found that the average RN was 50 years old. Replacing retiring professionals alone will be a challenge—increasing staffing to keep up with growing demand will only add to that challenge.
But organizations don’t have to go it alone. Traditional methods of healthcare staffing—composed primarily of advertising jobs and screening candidates in house—will not be sufficient to meet this challenge. Instead, look to healthcare staffing and training partnerships to provide healthcare staffing solutions.
Health staffing agencies can do a lot of the legwork for you. Working with a good agency gives you access to a deep pool of candidates, which goes far in simplifying the process. Some of the benefits of working with a staffing agency over traditional hiring include the following:
It's faster. Agencies typically have a wealth of candidates that have already been screened. That means no time spent advertising for jobs, conducting interviews or waiting for references or background checks, and no need to sift through applications to weed out unqualified candidates.
It's more flexible. If you need temporary or longer-term coverage, staffing agencies can meet a variety of requirements.
It offers a diverse pool of candidates. Good health staffing agencies have a wide range of professionals with experience and training in many specialties. This is particularly helpful if you need to fill a specific role. Through traditional advertising, finding that person can be hit-or-miss at best.
It can be cheaper. While you normally have to pay a commission when hiring through a staffing agency, you'll often spend more than that when going through all of the steps on your own.
Quality training schools are a treasure trove for healthcare staffing. Partnering with a good school, like MedCerts, brings all sorts of benefits:
As a partner, you'll know MedCerts well. No need to research schools or programs from a stack of applications because you'll already be familiar with MedCerts's quality.
MedCerts prepares students for national certifications, so graduates have the necessary skills. MedCerts's certification exam pass rates are 20% higher than the national average.
Working with MedCerts’s recruiting team means priority access to the best candidates.
Starting an apprenticeship program can create a direct pipeline for staffing. Partnering with MedCerts for apprenticeships simplifies the process. MedCerts is a registered apprenticeship intermediary with the Department of Labor, so they take care of the administrative burden. This means that you get the benefits without the headaches. Some advantages of apprenticeships include:
You can train the apprentices to fit your specific needs.
Apprentices will complete the program with an intimate knowledge of your organization and will be an asset on day one.
The hiring process is very abbreviated.
Apprentices build trust and relationships with employees during the program, so they will already be integrated into your organization's culture.
MedCerts partners with employers to provide internal training programs to develop current employees skills. The benefits of these include:
You can tailor the training programs to fit your organization's specific needs.
You'll make your current workforce more versatile through cross-training.
Employees selected for training are much more likely to be successful because you'll already know their existing skills, personality, and work ethic.
Training current, experienced employees for higher-up positions ensures that you'll have trusted employees in roles with more responsibility.
Whether you have just a few vacancies or multiple positions to fill across different roles and facilities, partnership can help you solve your staffing needs. To learn more about the options MedCerts offers and how to customize one for your organization, click here.