For the past several years, nurses have been in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2014 and 2022, there will be another 1.2 million nursing vacancies as nurses retire from the workforce. This demand is only complicated by recent healthcare reform, which has caused dramatic increases in patients seeking healthcare. It’s clear that health systems are in desperate need of increasing their nursing workforce. In response, health systems have turned to using more travelling nurses and hiring contingent workers. Yet using both of these talent pools, nursing time to hire can run as high as 53 days. In order to enhance patient safety and care, this process must be refined.
How an MSP Partner Can Reduce Nursing Time to Hire
Health systems seeking to increase their nursing workforce are advised to reduce nursing time to hire. But when hiring is decentralized, this can be a daunting task. Consider the following ways a health system can reduce nursing time to hire by using an MSP partner:
- Centralizing the hiring process. In many health systems, the hiring process is very decentralized. Managers may lead the process, looping in human resources for full time employees, or looping in staffing suppliers for contingent workers and travelling nurses. Yet, in each scenario, these various stakeholders are often not talking to one another or aware of the many complexities involved with trying to hire a new nurse. This is where an MSP partner really shines. MSP’s centralize this hiring function, maintaining relationships with managers, human resources and staffing suppliers to reduce nursing time to hire. As a third party, an MSP partner is able to provide a single point of contact for all stakeholders, reducing inefficient and redundant processes. This can be an important key to reducing nursing time to hire.
- Contract to hire. An MSP partner can provide a huge advantage to health systems by implementing contract to hire programs. By partnering across departments such as recruiting and nurse management, an MSP partner can design a program which includes the successful conversion of contract workers into full time employees. These conversions not only save the health system money, but they can also reduce nursing time to hire by identifying high performers who can fulfill existing openings.
- Providing compliance support. Often, compliance is what slows nursing time to hire. Critical to the health and maintenance of every health system and its workers, obtaining certifications and vaccination records can be a tedious process. An MSP partner can offer support for all compliance needs, proactively reaching out to both staffing suppliers to establish compliant practices and reaching out to nursing candidates to ensure all compliance documents are gathered prior to their start date. This important step mitigates compliance risks and ensures a speedier nursing time to hire.
- Onboarding support. Part of a long nursing time to hire is often the training and onboarding time. An MSP partner can make this process more efficient, reducing nursing time to hire significantly. When the onboarding process is efficient, everyone benefits as nurses are working faster and health systems have more available nurses on site to care for patients.
- Prescreening nursing candidates. Whether hiring a nursing contingent worker, travelling nurse, or full time employee, an MSP partner can provide prescreening services to support health systems and reduce nursing time to hire. The MSP partner is able to devote teams to checking nursing candidates against do not hire lists, verifying background checks are complete, prescreening phone interviews, and more. These services can dramatically reduce nursing time to hire and offer health systems the support they need to obtain the very best nursing candidates.
- VMS technology. Using VMS technology, an MSP partner is able to keep all stakeholders aware of each step in the process, offering a central space for documents and candidate review. Staffing suppliers are able to better track their candidate submissions and managers are able to view, rate, and approve or reject candidates in one system. This increases transparency and collaboration, which can significantly reduce nursing time to hire.
As the population continues to age, more nurses will be necessary to provide an exceptional level of patient care. In order to attract the best talent, health systems will have to be mindful about reducing nursing time to hire. To find out how your health system can reduce nursing time to hire, contact RightSourcing for a free workforce analysis.