At Applichat we're inquisitors.
It's important for us to know the sourcing challenges & problems which exist in various recruiting niches.
The UK, Canada, & USA nursing shortage is well-known. It's the greatest threat to our wellbeing which is directly connected to recruitment.
Adam decided to ask in the USA-oriented Recruiters Online Facebook group the following,
What do staffing agencies do to alleviate the nurse shortage?
Here are the responses.
Better question - do hospitals and other care facilities use 3rd party sources to find nurses? If so...staffing firms can engage. As for a shortage - all recruiters would do is move the pieces around the board from one company or care facility to another (usually for better pay, benefits and working environments) - they don't actually increase the number of qualified nurses. Not our job.
I would say nothing - it's not our job the alleviate the overall shortage of talent for our client industries, only for our clients.
One guess is that many hospitals contract their nurses through 3rd parties - they may not feel part of the actual fabric of the hospital/FTE staff due to this, leading to looking elsewhere after their sign-on bonus required time to work expires. Many have kids and still have to pay their own benefits out of pocket.
Not enough colleges for nursing programs and those that do have small class sizes. Not enough new to cover the nursing burnout causing good nurses to walk away from the hospitals and go to other types of jobs in their field. Recruiters can only hire new grads or recruit from another hospital the way things stand right now.
AJ - Involved in HR/recruiting of nurses:
Nothing. I've been observing the industry for a couple years now from the nurse, hr/recruiter, and admin perspective. Institutions are going to have to get real creative real fast in order to combat the issue. Sign on bonuses aren't working anymore - nurses want to work remote like everybody else - those with burn out and these new grads with scant bedside/clinical experience, trying to triage what they haven't actually seen. Or they want to chase the money behind travel nursing which still requires 2 yrs. Others segue into alternative medicine, the nursing degree is just the base and back-up plan. They definitely don't want to start and get locked into overnight rotations. I'm acquainted with the new president of the NBNA, she's been pivotal in the upward ranking of the UAB program. This isn't an issue of her direct concern, she's probably focusing on diversity of school entrants and hiring. But I was going to reach out to congratulate and ask where her students come from and get recruited to - I've heard healthcare recruiters in Alabama feel its a waste of time to participate in job fairs, the graduates are taking their degrees back to GA or beyond - because program admissions are easier in Alabama, so some states-regions just aren't going to attract most talent let alone top talent.