Hospital employees nationwide are being acknowledged for their contributions during the 2014 National Hospital Week being held from May 11th to the 17th. The American Hospital Association (AHA) sponsors the week-long event with this year’s theme being “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues.” Candidate Direct understands that it takes dedicated professionals to make hospitals run smoothly and efficiently. More than a staffing agency, The Candidate Direct Marketplace is a network of healthcare employers, staffing agencies, and healthcare candidates – all connected by web-based technology. Hospital hiring managers and their recruitment agencies utilize the Candidate Direct Marketplace to source, recruit, and hire skilled and experienced healthcare professionals.

A recent Harris Interactive survey revealed that 80 percent of healthcare employers experienced a bad hire in 2012 with adverse effects to the organization and, ultimately, wasted money for the hiring organization. The financial ramifications of a bad hire do not lie solely with lost wages, but with the onboarding costs to recruit and train the employee -- which can range from $25,000 to $50, calculator Of course, the employer then has to start the entire hiring process all over again. The catalyst of a bad hire is often an intense need to fill a position and as a result the employer does not exercise due diligence in the employee screening process. Common Mistakes in Employee Screening The sense of urgency to fill an open position can have negative effects if any of the following are present: The inability to quickly and accurately verify the credentials and skills required to qualify for the position. The failure to accurately check personal and past employment references thoroughly. An attitude to settle on a candidate just to fill the position rather than wait for the most qualified person. An inability of the hiring manager to accurately assess the character and values of the candidate [+]

healthcare new jobsIf the shortage of skilled labor wasn’t enough of a recruitment problem for healthcare providers, a recent CareerBuilder survey reveals that 34% of healthcare workers will be looking for new jobs in 2013 up from 24% in 2012. The reasons that healthcare workers gave for seeking a new position included heavy workloads, few promotion opportunities, inflexible schedules, and general frustration with work/life balance. 48% of Healthcare Professionals are Passive Job Seekers With both retention and recruitment being vital issues to resolve, it’s more important than ever for healthcare providers to streamline their recruitment process and make more informed staffing decisions. The survey also reported that 82% of healthcare professionals would be open to discussing a new job opportunity if it arose. The 48% considered passive candidates – those who are generally satisfied with their jobs but open to new possibilities – are the solution to both the recruitment and retention problems facing healthcare providers. Potential passive candidates reported that their reason for remaining with their current employer included the enjoyment of working with co-workers, location, salary/benefits, flexible shifts, and a general feeling of having satisfying and rewarding work. If that sounds like the ideal employee, it’s [+]

With two separate Medicare reductions taking effect in the first half of this year, it’s understandable that healthcare providers are lamenting the potential loss of healthcare jobs. It’s a big pill to swallow for most hospitals and healthcare employers. But as the outrage dims, healthcare executives are re-visiting their strategic plans to come up with cost-effhealthcare staff cutsective solutions to recover the revenue loss. Certainly, for some, healthcare staffing cuts are on the table. Rather than issue layoff notices, however, more innovative hospital executives are looking to generate additional revenue streams as well as streamline operational processes by eliminating waste and redundancies to better utilize their workforce. New Revenue Streams Part of the Answer Of course, additional revenue streams are the ideal solution. Some nursing homes, confined by minimum worker-to-patient ratios, are looking to new revenue sources as a solution rather than cutting healthcare staff. An October 2012 BusinessWeek article reported, “The chief executive of Brookdale (Senior Living), Bill Sheriff, told investors in the company’s most recent earnings call that Brookdale’s expansion into hospice care and outpatient services such as physical therapy has made an ‘attractive additional contribution’ to revenue.” Similarly, Richard Lechleiter, chief financial officer at Kindred, [+]

Vendor management software ensures nurses today and tomorrow As healthcare employers, we would probably be better off to resolve ourselves to the fact that we live in a constant state of  ‘nurse  shortage’, a condition where every able bodied, qualified nurse is an asset and finding and retaining the best and brightest is an ongoingnurse shortage and healthcare staffing solutions challenge.  This way, when water cooler talk revolves around today’s or tomorrow’s healthcare staffing challenges and nurse shortage, you can say “All over it, especially since I started sourcing nurse job candidates with vendor management software.” Earlier in the month, the New England Journal of Medicine once again reminded us that another nursing shortage is just around corner. This one caused by an exodus of nurses leaving the profession as the economy recovers. Findings in the Journal estimate that approximately 118,000 FTE registered nurses will exit the workforce in the next three years, but because of a lack of how recessions affect RN transitions in and out of healthcare "employers and workforce planners are unable to anticipate how many nurses might choose to leave the workforce once a robust jobs recovery begins," reports the [+]

Physical and Occupational Therapists are in high demand. Candidate Direct aims to keep healthcare employers staffed. With millions more Americans gaining access to healthcare, how will employers maintain adequate therapist staffing levels amid a shortage of qualified allied health professionals? Sue Higgins, Product Development Director for Candidate Direct, suggests the first step to procuring and retaining staff is to engage a powerful web-based healthcare staffing tool. "This way, the entire recruiting process is handled through a single source. Reporting and tracking are consistent; regulatory compliance is a snap and automated features save employers hundreds of man hours a year." Here's how Candidate Direct works: Create an account to join the Candidate Direct Marketplace Jobs will be posted just to your specific selected agency pool Recruitment Agencies and other Candidate Direct national talent sources submit candidates for your jobs You select the best candidate for the job at the lowest rate There is no investment in hardware or software and there are no monthly fees to utilize the Candidate Direct Marketplace. Higgins summarizes five easy ways healthcare employers can begin to streamline recruitment, saving time, money and aggravation. 1. Evaluate Existing Therapist Recruitment Strategies Whether your facility utilizes therapy staffing agencies or handles therapist recruiting internally, [+]

High level of sanitation vital to patient safety and to lowering readmissions and morbidity A shocking story published in the Wall Street Journal* last month is enough to make your skin crawl. No, it wasn’t an article about substandard medical practices in remote third-world nations. It was about unsafe injection practices, improper medication preparation and the re-use of single-dose vials and needles right here in the U.S. Just when you thought those days were gone. The article serves as a reminder for healthcare employers and professionals to maintain a high level of hygiene and sanitation in all aspects of practice. Sadly, the thousands of patients who were potentially exposed to Hepatitis B, C, HIV and other serious infectious diseases in the article didn’t have to be. All that was required was for caregivers to acknowledge what one commentary referred to as ‘sterile techniques 101’: Don’t use needles twice, single-dose vials are just that – single dose; and always prepare injection medications in a sterilized environment. Though much has been done at the regulatory level over the past decade to improve safe medical practices in hospitals - outpatient clinics, as indicated the spate of cases [+]

The numbers are in. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported healthcare leading the nation in job creation the first nine months of 2011. September was a banner month, reports Labor, with healthcare employment taking 42 percent of new jobs created. By year’s end, job creation in healthcare is set to outpace all of 2010 by a third. “With more nurses, therapists and allied health professionals on-boarding at facilities of all types, effectively managing contingent labor, travelers and temporary help will be vital to operations,” said Sue Higgins, Director of Product Development at StayStaffed Technologies, a Florida-based vendor management firm. "Larger healthcare employers are back to hiring and the demand for nurse specialists and therapists with advanced credentials keeps growing." healthcare hiring increaseTo recruit, hire and process these highly-skilled healthcare jobs candidates, Stay Staffed Technologies provides healthcare employers with a virtual staffing Marketplace.*Loaded with automated features, this Internet-based vendor management marketplace enables the accurate matching of healthcare job candidates with posted job descriptions, promotes easy candidate review, documentation and credentialing, and establishes a foundation on which healthcare employers can build an internal workforce of talented candidates to call on in a moment’s notice.  The Marketplace requires no [+]

Of the 120 healthcare executives participating in a recent nurse staffing study, * 63 percent ranked quality as the number one reason they planned to hire more travel nurses and temporary labor in 2011.  Number two and three reasons were the immediate availability of travel nurses resulting in fast time to fill rates, and the reduction of non-productivity costs associated with hiring permanent staff, such as recruiting, payroll, benefits administration and others. BOCA RATON, FL July, 2011 – Effectively blending travel nurses and contingent workers with permanent staff can save healthcare employers up to 13 percent on staffing costs. Though during tough economic times hospitals may limit the use of travelers and temporary workers as a means of cutting costs, vendor staffing experts at Candidate Direct say doing so can have the opposite effect: too few travelers can increase staffing costs and reduce nurse efficiency. Last year alone, almost 90 percent of contingent staff users said costs would rise if they eliminated the use of temporary workers.  By increasing the ratio of travel nurses to permanent nurse staff hospitals can reduce costly overtime, health benefits, payroll taxes, pensions and paid time off. "With economic uncertainty on the horizon, investing in permanent staff [+]

It all started on Florence Nightingale’s Birthday May 12, 1921. A Chicago magazine editor declared National Hospital Day to boost trust in city hospitals in the wake of the Spanish Flu. As more states adopted the event the holiday went weeklong in 1953. As you know, National Hospital Week is about awareness. It’s a reminder of the important role hospitals play in fostering community health, giving the sick hope and bringing new lives into the world. Without hospitals in America, it’s scary to think where we’d be. During this year’s “Champions of Care” event, celebrated by hospitals nationwide May 8-14, facility organizers will be reaching out to communities with health & wellness fairs, educational events, open houses, novelties and other promotions and activities to give thanks and encourage families to use hospital facilities. Hospital Week and staffing solutionsFor some hospital administrators, National Hospital Week signifies a "tightening up of the ship." A closer look at efficiencies and workflows, sanitation, patient safety and bedside care. It’s a time to reward top performers and send a message to nurse and referring physician communities that excellence begets recognition at your facility. Until recently, tracking workforce performance was a daunting task. Managers [+]

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