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The Expensive Cost Of Vacancy In Healthcare

The Expensive Cost Of Vacancy In Healthcare

Here at Johnson Search Group, we understand that times are different for healthcare organizations. Stress is high, and according to recent studies, some healthcare workers are experiencing high levels of insomnia, and many are sleeping restlessly due to bad dreams. Basically, we are all on overdrive. This tends to be more problematic for healthcare professionals than others as it may affect your patient care, working relationships, and even bleed over to your personal life. Additionally, have you considered how the cost of vacancy is even more elevated during this period of uncertainty?

How Cost Of Vacancy Comes Into Play

On top of everything else, when positions are left unfilled, it puts a strain on the entire department, and everyone must pick up the slack. It’s hard for anyone to smile when they are exhausted to the core, let alone make sound decisions

And now you start to see how the cost of vacancy can be so taxing. Let’s say you have a position with a salary of $50,000 per year, which is critical to your organization’s functionality. The daily cost of not filling that position is $681.82, which means if left unfilled for 34 days, it will cost you $23,000. Then, pair that with overworked staff and, “Houston, we have a problem.”

Want to know more about how we calculate cost of vacancy and what yours is for any given position? Contact us today and we’ll give you a custom cost of vacancy and help you build a strategy to mitigate it.

How We Can Help

Last week I was tasked with filling two critical positions for my client, an EVS Manager, and an Accountant. Not only was I able to find qualified candidates, but also candidates that would be a great culture fit. The best part? My client was able to hire these incredible candidates within a week of issuing the requisition. 

There are incredibly talented people all over the United States, whose situations change daily. Your recruiter can find them for you. We have built the networks, we foster the relationships, and we know exactly what you’re looking for. Let us fill that position, drive down your cost of vacancy, and help your patients, all while helping your staff.

We have extended our service fee deadline for clients in need, and we have no problem doing so if you are as serious about the process as we are here at Johnson Search Group. We have not just your organization in mind while finding you top talent; your staff, your communities, your patient care, and your health are top of mind as well. So, let us work together to fill the vacancies that are costing your team more than money can buy.

Let’s Get Started

Call me today, Stephanie Brown at 205-588-8075, because I understand the needs of your organization. I only bring candidates that are a strong culture fit and qualified, so they make work more enjoyable during these hard times (for you and your patients!). Together let’s work towards the best patient care and self-care we can.

Conquering The Virus In Rural Healthcare

Conquering The Virus In Rural Healthcare

It has certainly been an interesting month working away from the office (aka the basement of my home). I have undoubtedly enjoyed hearing the patter of my toddler’s footsteps upstairs (along with the incoherent yelling) and sharing lunches with my wife. Still, it has been a strange time, nonetheless.

As a recruiter, COVID-19 has presented an unusual challenge and provided insight that has put a lot of things in perspective. My job allows me to speak with people in all types of professions, one of the main ones being Healthcare. I have heard the toll of this virus in rural Healthcare firsthand. Most of the contacts that I speak with do their best to paint a picture of resilience, but it’s not hard to tell it has been a tough time all over the country. I have done what I can to let them know that I am here to help. All recruiters really want to do is help.

Rounding The Virus Bend

In recent days, I am happy to say that I have started to notice a very palpable change in my conversations regarding the virus in rural Healthcare. My interactions are becoming lighter, laughter is coming more naturally, and people are increasingly hopeful for the return of a new norm. Of course, life and business are not back to the way it was prior to the virus. However, it feels like there may at least be a light at the end of this tunnel.

This, of course, is a great feeling, especially when we consider how many lives this virus has negatively impacted. Looking through an article from Becker’s Hospital Review, it had detailed that nine states are currently re-opening or loosening restrictions, and another seven states are very close to taking that next step. While these may not be earth-shattering numbers, it shows great hope of getting back to a new business-as-usual.

We are here to help

During this uncertain time, we at JSG have been building phenomenal pipelines of talented individuals throughout the Human Resources, Healthcare, Banking, and Mining & Heavy Industrial industries. My responsibility as a recruiter is to help our clients find those people that will bring real value and bring our job market back to life. Let’s have a conversation about how we can assist you in adding essential members to your team today or in the future.

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The Increasing Need for Healthcare Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, our nurses, respiratory therapists, and the entire healthcare system are on the front lines fighting to keep everyone safe. We have a shortage of nurses and respiratory therapists, which is causing a burden on our healthcare system throughout the country. And with 401,000+ positive cases of the Coronavirus in the U.S. alone, our healthcare system is in desperate need of healthcare professionals. Now more than ever, hospitals are in dire need of more healthcare professionals.

The growing need for healthcare workers

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, as of 2019, there will be more than 3.9 million registered nurses nationwide and an estimated 200,000 new nursing positions created each year until 2026. This creates a HUGE burden on our healthcare system as we will continue to have a nursing shortage as more and more Baby Boomers near the age of retirement.

For respiratory therapists, the United States has seen a 21% average growth rate that will continue over until 2028. In other words, the need for ancillary services is skyrocketing; Healthcare organizations are struggling to source the professionals they need. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened this staffing shortage as hundreds of positive cases are surfacing every day.

Healthcare professionals are out there

Even as the need for healthcare workers grows, so does the pool of candidates available. Every day, new healthcare workers graduate from accredited programs throughout the country. As they do so, they are ready to fill our hospitals’ most critical positions and aid our healthcare system. According to Time Magazine, there’s been an influx of healthcare workers leaving retirement to help during this pandemic.

We’re here to help

At Johnson Search Group, we expend significant efforts to find top talent to fill these healthcare staffing shortages. We have a strong pipeline of healthcare professionals to help fill our clients’ most critical needs. We want to solve your staffing dilemmas so you can continue to offer quality patient care during these unprecedented times. If you would like to discuss a partnership, please reach out to me. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you. Stay healthy and safe.

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The Value of Critical Access Hospital Experience

Being a recruiter in the critical access hospital space is quite the niche. Professionals in this healthcare segment require qualified candidates that have a background working within a critical access hospital. These candidates must genuinely have a passion for these facilities and the smaller communities that come with it.  

I would advise you that if you like rural health and like working for critical access hospitals, stay in the game. Your resumes are like pure gold to me when recruiting for my clients. It takes a specific person to enjoy the lifestyle and develop an understanding of how critical access hospitals run and what sets them apart from larger facilities.

What is a critical access hospital?

If you have worked within a critical access hospital and you enjoyed it, then you are very valuable to my clients. I can’t tell you how many times as a recruiter, I hear, “What is a critical access hospital?” A critical access hospital is a 25 bed or less hospital, and probably, it’s in one of the coolest communities you have never heard of. If you are interested in pursuing a new job opportunity and have experience with one of these smaller hospitals under your belt, please get me your resume asap. What do you have to lose besides your dream job? I can’t tell you enough how valuable your resume is.

I have had candidates basically fighting for the positions that I recruit on within the critical access space; however, in the rural health world, the truth is, most of my clients are looking for a minimum of 3 years of critical access experience. Things run differently within this niche, and my clients simply like candidates that enjoy rural areas and being part of the local community. These smaller hospitals just flow differently, and you may not get it if you haven’t worked in a critical access hospital before.

Let’s work together

I specialize in critical access hospitals, so if that’s the world you’re living in within the healthcare industry, let’s connect. My team and I can help you find a new opportunity that aligns with your background. I appreciate you and your background in rural health, and so do my critical access clients. If you have worked in a critical access acute care facility, reach out to me.

Resumes go to sbrown@nulljsirecruit.com or feel free to give me a call at 205.588.8075. As a recruiter, I am always very transparent with my candidates and clients. Your experience is in high demand in this job market. That resume of yours with your rural health background is more important than you may know. I’m so excited to work with you to find a new critical access opportunity within a community you’ll love.

Hiring In Healthcare: It's All About Community & Culture

Hiring In Healthcare: It’s All About Community & Culture

As a recruiter in the healthcare industry, I understand that searching for qualified candidates can be quite the task! There are three main things that my team and I search for in our candidates: qualifications, salary requirements, and culture fit. We assess these criteria for hospitals of all sizes. However, I have a soft spot for rural communities and critical access hospitals simply because I like life in the slow lane. (Well, at least not while driving!) 

My passion is rural healthcare 

Recruiting in Washington state is easy for me because I was born and raised here. My family ran the Outdoor Press, and I became very interested in small-town living with plenty of outdoor adventures right in my backyard. I am always the first to say, “Life is about the wind in your hair and the sun on your nose.” 

I pride myself on placing qualified candidates that fit both the hospital and the community’s needs. When recruiting for my clients in rural Kansas, I paint a picture for each candidate I talk to. It’s my goal to enlighten them on the beautiful outdoors, the strong communities, and all the fun activities each area has to offer. 

My candidates match your hospital and community 

I won’t submit a candidate to a client that isn’t sold on the lifestyle rural communities and organizations have to offer. Some people are cut out for small-town living, and some are not. Just ask my sister; she is never leaving metro Seattle. (And that’s okay!) Sure, it might be easy to discover qualified talent in a big city. But what about when the job is more than two hours away from any metro locations? It takes a special someone to value the quality of small communities and organizations. My clients want passion and longevity, and those are the exact candidates I strive to find. 

My passion for critical access hospitals and rural communities is what makes me a successful recruiter. I will find your organization candidates that will stay and be a vital part of your community. Selling a lifestyle, not just a job, is the key to a successful placement.  

Let’s work together 

It only takes me a few quick questions and a little intuition to understand what you’re looking for. Reach out to me, and I will help you find the right candidate for your team and community. In fact, I am already working with a handful of qualified contractors that are ready to make a move to a rural community just like yours. 

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Johnson Search Group: We’re More Than Just Recruiters

When you choose to work with Johnson Search Group, you’re not just hiring a recruiter; you’re hiring someone who cares and lives with passion and purpose. I can promise you that our entire team genuinely cares about each other, life in general, our clients and candidates, and most importantly, we have fun!

Here at Johnson Search Group, I believe everyone in my office is doing something they truly enjoy doing, and isn’t that the key to life? When hiring any one of us, you are going to get the best. You are going to get that smile over the phone and someone that genuinely cares about our clients and candidates. Recruiting, of course, is not for the faint of heart as it is like riding a roller coaster every day; the ups and downs, the free fall, and the waiting are the hardest parts.

My passion is Kansas

I am passionate about the healthcare industry, so that is why I am here. It’s not just a job; it’s my career, my focus, and to love what you do is a pretty cool thing. I specialize in recruiting in rural health in Kansas and helping with the critical needs of my clients. A hospital cannot afford to sit on an open position for months, as it ends up costing them way more money in the long run than when they simply hire me to help.

When you partner with a recruiter from Johnson Search Group, you are not only going to get great candidates in a short period of time, but you are going to get resumes from people ready to make their next move, which will save you TIME! Time is the most important gift you have in this life, and we all believe in using it wisely. So please rest assured, we shall not waste any of your precious time nor ours or our candidates’. We are also fully skilled and trained in the industry we specialize in, which means we are great at wading knee-deep through an inbox full of 104 resumes to find the most qualified so that you don’t have to. That translates to you having more time to run your facility efficiently.

Back to the basics

For me, I honestly smile when I pull a candidate out of metro Kansas and talk to them about the joys of “slowing it down” and moving into more rural areas throughout Kansas. I seek out those who connect over simplicity, “zest for life,” and perhaps a little “all those who wander are not lost,” connectivity. These are the candidates I love to introduce the joys of rural health to. Whatever it is, there is joy in the rolling hills, open space, and the sound of the wind. Peace of mind is worth all the money in the world, and we help people find it. Some would say we are bringing back sanity to this world.

Please rest assured that when you call me, Stephanie Brown, I will fill your positions with the most qualified people in the industry and get them excited to join your team before their resume ever hits your desk! Wouldn’t you like to have some time to enjoy your work and keep your team happy? Just remember when hiring one of us over here at Johnson Search Group, you are getting more than just a recruiter with money symbols in their eyes. You’re getting a pretty neat person on the other end that cares about you and your organization, and perhaps, a new friend in the bargain!

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Keeping Rural Heath Alive

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When looking at rural health, there is no denying our rural hospitals are suffering. Every day, articles are being posted online on the effects of rural healthcare facilities closing and their communities. But what about all the medical needs of all the farmers, cattle ranchers, and other rural residents? Where are the people looking for peaceful quiet places and fresh air?

They’re leaving in herds

More and more people are moving out of rural areas. As a healthcare recruiter in Kansas, this is my number one selling point to my candidates: Living in a community where everybody knows your name. How nice is it to call Susie down the street to pick up your kids from school if your day has simply gotten away from you? I even know of communities that bus the kids around for free to activities and daycare while their parents work. Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing as humans? Forming communities, being active within them, and lending a hand? 

I recently read an article where a wife lost her husband. He had fallen, and due to the recent closure of their nearest hospital in Kansas, air Ambulances couldn’t retrieve him. So, he was forced to be driven by an ambulance 90 miles to the nearest neurology center where he sadly succumbed to his fall. The medical and emotional consequences just don’t seem right.

However, living rural is glorious. I would say that over 80 percent of the candidates I talk to are thrilled to move to a place that makes them feel part of a community. It’s honestly the easiest selling point. Rural areas are where friends can meet for coffee before work, have neighborhood BBQs, watch your kids freely ride their bikes, and enjoy a fresh breath of air.

Combatting the decline of rural health

Some rural healthcare facilities do not even have obstetric units (family health doctors). This puts mothers and babies at a higher risk for complications. It is apparent over at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center by their Facebook page that they are proud of their doctor, mommies, babies, and their clinics. Kearny County Hospital recruits early career family physicians and flies in a maternal-fetal medicine specialist once a month to help with high-risk pregnancies. Everyone at Kearny takes such pride in their facility and their community. This is what will keep rural healthcare alive. 

Work with a recruiter who’s passionate about Rural Health

Here at Johnson Search Group, we get rural. In fact, our SVP Perry Paden grew up in Lenora, Kansas so there is a soft spot for Kansas right here in the office. So, we get the challenges rural health is facing and the effect it is having on communities everywhere.

Call me, Stephanie Brown. I will find healthcare professionals that want to contribute to your communities. It’s my passion and my job to support all rural healthcare facilities in Kansas. Reach out to my team and me at 205.588.8075, and we will get you the talent your community needs.

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The Top 3 In-Demand Healthcare Jobs

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As a Healthcare Recruiter, I witness industry changes every day. We have dozens of great clients that rely on our expertise to fill their most critical positions. With the job market at an all-time high, employers must adjust their hiring processes to attract new candidates. My team and I have noticed several trends in the marketplace concerning the most in-demand positions in the healthcare industry. These are the three hottest healthcare jobs we are seeing currently!

Nurse Managers

From Inpatient Managers to ICU Managers, and even OR Nurse Managers, these are just a couple of nurse leadership roles that will be in high demand shortly. Over the next decade, roughly half a million registered nurses are set to retire. Nurse Managers are experienced professionals who bridge the gap between bedside care and administrative roles. They are also creating a professional environment where they are not only able to contribute to patient outcomes but also grow professionally within their career.

Case Managers/Utilization Review Managers

Most organizations are looking for Case Managers and Utilization Review Managers in all areas from hospital, hospice, and home care, to name a few. Case Managers try and find the most efficient and economical way of meeting the patients’ needs with the available resources. Just as important, the Utilization Review Manager ensures the patient’s health insurance company understands what’s happening during the patient’s treatment and works to prevent claim denials. Which is just as crucial to the provider and the patient. Thus, I believe every HR team needs at least one Case Manager/Utilization Review Manager position for their healthcare organization.

Information Technology

There are so many roles in IT that are in demand from Network Administrators to Sr. Application Analysts and Informaticists… The list goes on and on. Moreover, with the new Executive Order on price transparency, IT positions are just one area that will need to increase manpower. If you have been thinking about an IT career in healthcare, now is a great time to pursue it. If you are an Application Analyst, we are always working on these roles, so get in touch with me and my team if you are looking for your next opportunity!

We have a steady pipeline of candidates ready to transition into a new career path. So, if your Healthcare organization has any critical vacancies, please reach out to my team and me today!

The Key To Success In Rural Health: Positivity

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As a recruiter, I talk to dozens of leaders in rural health every day. One of the things that sets healthcare facilities apart most in a sea of small communities struggling to keep up, is their positive mindset. When I call to learn more about their organization or share a great candidate looking to move to their area, the discussions are different. Their tone and happiness on the other end of the phone are absolutely contagious.

My first experience with the true difference positivity can make was actually in healthcare about 10 years ago. At the time, I was faced with the unthinkable. However, two leaders in childhood cancer taught me that positivity can actually have a significant effect on outcomes. They looked me straight in the face at 8 months pregnant and told me that my two-year-old daughter had a very aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. But their next words are ones I’ll never forget: “Stephanie, as long as you stay positive, the outcome will be much more favorable.” So, I put my trust in these doctors with some of the highest success rates in the world. I avoided the statistics and continued to empower a positive mindset. Here I am almost 10 years later with both my girls and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Partnering With Rural Health

This experience completely changed my outlook. Now, I am so excited to come to work every day and have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of my clients, candidates, and ultimately, their patients. I love connecting with rural health facilities every day and have noticed a direct correlation between how engaging a hospital is over the phone, and how passionate they are about their jobs and local communities. This then makes it easier for me to sell these remote opportunities to the best talent on the market. When I’m able to convey my clients’ positive outlook and happiness at work, candidates can’t wait to work there.

For example, one of the great rural hospitals in Kansas is experiencing tremendous growth. They are beyond delighted about the construction of their new facility and you can even watch a live feed online of their progress. This growth is impressive despite the ongoing struggles that rural healthcare facilities face every day. Moreover, it’s probably due in large part to the entire team’s dedication and passion for their jobs.

The positive mindset in healthcare is real. And it consists of trust, patience, comfort, and kindness. I like to picture myself in one of these rural communities that I recruit for. I imagine their attitude if I lived there when I learned that my daughter was sick. As I prepared for the toughest journey of my life, it would have been the exact reassurance I needed.

If you find that your rural healthcare facility is missing an enthusiastic leader or a passionate team member, contact me and my team! We have the experience to find the talent you need.

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Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2019

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We are officially halfway through the year and the healthcare industry has been scorching with growth. In June 2019 alone, there were 35,000 jobs added to the U.S. healthcare industry. And over the last 12 months, the industry added a staggering 403,000 jobs, making healthcare the largest employer in the country. Now that it’s finally the 3rd quarter of 2019, here are some healthcare trends to watch for in the second half of the year.

Increased healthcare spending

Throughout the last decade, healthcare spending has continued to skyrocket. Between 2013 and 2017, global healthcare spending increased at an annual rate of 2.9 percent. However, over the next four years, global healthcare spending is projected to increase at an annual rate of 5.4 percent between 2018 and 2022, according to Deloitte.

This increase in spending along with shrinking hospital margins are pushing healthcare organizations into mergers and acquisitions. In fact, in 2018, there were 1,182 mergers and acquisitions, up 14.4 percent from 2017. That’s the largest amount of M&A deals in a single year. And in 2019, this trend will not slow down as healthcare organizations continue to consolidate organizations in order to grow with strength.

Rural healthcare continues to struggle

Despite rural communities measuring approximately 62 million Americans, access to healthcare services is becoming increasingly scarce for rural residents. Sadly, more and more rural healthcare facilities continue to close. Since 2010, 107 rural hospitals have closed, according to the University of North Carolina Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. And according to a recent report from Navigant, nearly 21 percent of rural hospitals are at high risk of closing.

This is even more troubling when you think about the low physician-to-rural resident ratio. To illustrate, the patient-to-primary care physician ratio in rural areas is only 39.8 physicians per 100,000 rural residents. However, the ratio is much greater in urban areas, measuring in at 53.3 physicians per 100,000 residents. In other words, rural residents have significantly smaller access to healthcare services than those living near cities. As a result, rural residents must make the commute, which in some cases can be hours, to the nearest physicians. Quicker access to medical treatment drastically improves survivability and speed of diagnoses, and thus, saves lives. As more rural healthcare facilities close, more and more rural residents fail to get the medical treatment they need.

How rural healthcare can combat these trends

However, many rural healthcare organizations are finding ways to buck these struggles by finding new leadership that will facilitate growth. A great example of this is Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, MN. For years, Meeker Memorial struggled with shrinking margins, outdated technologies, and a failure to attract great leadership to the hospital. However, Meeker Memorial’s Board of Directors hired a talented CEO, Mark Madden, who had a growth-oriented mindset with an eye for politics. In Madden’s seven-year tenure, he restored Meeker Memorial back to profitability and generated funding for a massive expansion of the hospital.

In other words, with the right leadership and talent, rural healthcare facilities are overcoming these hurdles. This is one of the many reasons that we are passionate about partnering with rural health systems. Our healthcare team of recruiters specializes in rural health and can help you find talent, like Madden, to help fight the struggles rural health is facing. We understand how essential it is for you to have the best non-clinical staff on the market in order to serve your communities and stay strong.

Get the talent your team needs

These healthcare trends have no signs of slowing down in the second half of 2019. If your organization is feeling the pressure to find new talent, reach out to our expert team of healthcare recruiters. Our team specializes in recruiting for rural healthcare facilities, and we understand your struggles and can help you source the talent you need to keep your operations running smoothly. Contact a recruiter today and let us help you find the candidates you need to keep up with the ever-changing world of healthcare.