VMS Technology for healthcare staffing and recruiting For years now healthcare recruiters have been under enormous pressure to keep their own or client facilities fully staffed. With phones ringing all day from potential candidates, a bursting at the seams email inbox, and hiring managers clamouring to urgently fill open positions, it can be difficult for medical recruiters to stay organized and productive. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A Vendor Management System (VMS) that interfaces with a national marketplace of healthcare professionals can not only streamline your recruiting process, but open your candidate sourcing to the entire country. “We realized significant savings almost immediately. With our first FTE hired through Candidate Direct, we saved $6,200. Candidate Direct gave us more candidates to choose from at more competitive rates. I wish all systems were this easy to use.” Curious? Read on to see how healthcare facilities and staffing agencies can benefit. No Investment Required  Let’s begin by asking a question. If you were offered a no-cost, easy-to-use web-based IT solution to source, recruit, procure and manage contingent and direct hire needs, would you accept the offer? We’re not talking about a [+]

For decades, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has provided leadership, professional development and advocacy to help advance the nurse management profession. The AONE annual meetings are attended by nursing and hospital managers from around the country. This year's conference was held in Orlando, and Candidate Direct was a proud participant.

Think it's hard keeping an eye on RN and Allied healthcare turnover? Try keeping an eye on hospital CEO turnover. According to a report from the American College of Healthcare Executives, the hospital CEO turnover rate in 2013 was 20 percent, up from 17 percent the previous year. Further evidence that healthcare staffing is no easy proposition -- at any level. While CEO's may be expected to feel confident in their prospects after leaving the corner office, RN's, physical therapists and other healthcare employees on the front line may be experiencing a different situation. Healthcare workers have long been among the most confident US workers-- even through the recession -- giving high ratings to their job security and prospects of finding a new job if the need arises.

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 [+]

Construction of new hospitals has flatlined somewhat in 2012 while healthcare executives measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act. According to Health Facilities Management magazine, “Industry insiders expect roughly the same amount of spending on hospital construction in 2012 as in 2011, with specialty hospital projects and infrastructure upgrades helping to offset the drop in acute care hospitals. The survey shows that the shift in priorities from traditional hospitals to smaller, neighborhood or satellite facilities is accelerating.” A study conducted by HFM in regards to healthcare expansion plans reported that, “Future projects most frequently cited by survey parti­cipants in response to reforms are emergency departments, by 17 percent; outpatient facilities in neighborhood settings, by 16 percent; medical office build­ing expansions, 16 percent; and primary care clinics and urgent care centers in neighborhoods, both 14 percent.” Trauma Center Openings on the Rise Since 2009, more than 200 trauma centers have opened across the country with an additional 75 hospitals seeking approval to add centers to their operations, according to Kaiser Health News. Leading the charge in trauma center development is HCA, a Nashville-based healthcare company. HCA has added, or intends to add, 20 new trauma centers to its network in southern states such [+]

Fueled in Part by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Healthcare Staffing isn’t always easy. Especially if a healthcare provider’s local labor pool doesn’t support the RN specialists patients require. To fill gaps in bedside care, the ER, OR, NICU and others; healthcare facilities nationwide rely on travel nurses to supplement their permanent staff. Their skills are just as good as staff nurses and in many cases better prepared to care for and communicate with disparate patient populations, indicate findings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As 30 million plus Americans gain access to healthcare through the nation’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, reports a Foundation study, traveling nurses may play a bigger role than ever in staffing healthcare providers that face growing patient populations and attrition by older nurses. And though an increase in the number of patients is bottom line news for any healthcare provider, headaches in sourcing qualified nurse candidates can be daunting and costly. Time consuming interviews, piles of paperwork and endless phone calls to onboard supplemental RNs for multiple units or floors can be drastically reduced with services of a healthcare vendor management web-based platform Fortunately, healthcare providers that suffer from in-house or regional nurse shortages [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Or will hospitals leverage healthcare staffing technologies in favor of the bottom line? With third-party payor reimbursements dropping below sustainable levels and healthcare reform shrinking Medicare and Medicaid, hospitals will find profits harder to come by. For some, better managing staffing agencies and using data to drive staffing decisions will do the trick. For others, outsourcing workforce management functions or re-evaluating managed care contracts will be sufficient to reign-in cost centers and boost profits. hospital staffing softwareStaffing, a healthcare employer's single largest expense, is probably where hospital cost reductions can affect profits most quickly. Patient census data and the benchmarking of hours worked per case allow for the flexible and accurate scheduling of part timers and travelers. This reduces staff down time, heightens productivity during peak times and is critical to not over or under staffing facilities, both of which adversely impact profits. Tightening vendor policies and diligently tracking the performance of staffing agencies can also improve the look of a P&L. Narrowing vendor relationships to only top performers and holding agencies accountable to competitive bill rates and timely submission of documents will save staffing managers time, money and aggravation; savings that can be converted to [+]

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