Healthcare Survey shows Nurse Recruiting is a challenge
A survey finds 65% of healthcare employers find recruiting nurse to be difficult in some way ( see the survey at CareerBuilderResults).
24% of healthcare employers indicated they needed to hire experienced nurses, not new graduates. Thoughts? Posting job descriptions instead of writing a “job posting” will turn off “experienced nurses’ while the “new graduates” have the extra time and may apply for any job that is listed for a ‘Nurse”. Better writing should limit the new graduates applying for the experienced nurse positions. You’ll also want to look at the job boards you are posting on. Some have an objective of getting any traffic and getting anybody to apply just to raise their numbers – substituting quantity for quality and that wastes your resources.
22% of healthcare employers are challenged getting nurses trained in a specialized area. Thoughts? See above. Also the “outsourcing” has created many small firms that want to attract trained nurses but they are not able to afford the preceptor training and education larger facilities have. This makes skilled nurses more scarce then in past years. Developing and retaining skilled staff will continue to be a challenge.
19% of healthcare employers believe their organization is not able to offer competitive pay. Thoughts? Somehow an organization needs to be competitive including in the “pay” category. Everyday I see the results of not being competitive. This morning it was three hospitals being purchased by a larger hospital system.
11% of healthcare employers indicate a lack of graduates with nursing degrees. Thoughts? This 11% needs to talk to the 24% that stated they “need to hire experienced nurses, not new graduates” as they must be getting the applications the 11% needs.
In summary, surveys are fine but we need to learn from them. I run many targeted job boards and am willing to help anyone write a job posting. All my postings require only one small payment to run the posting for as long as it takes for you to find the candidate that is right for you.
Nurse Positions therefore are becoming more and more specialized making it difficult for healthcare employers to clearly target a specific nurse skill required.
Here are some sites to try for targeted job postings: