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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. 

Johnson Search Group

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!

Rural Health

Keeping Rural Heath Alive

Rural Health

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

Rural Health, Hospital, Positivity

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.

healthcare trends

Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2019

healthcare trends

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.

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Why Data Analysts Are Important In Healthcare

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In today’s modern age, there is an increased focus on the processes and the technology of quality. Many organizations already have data architects and data analysts. In fact, by the end of 2019, 50 percent of healthcare organizations will have dedicated resources for accessing and analyzing data. These roles use powerful analytic technologies to provide insights to decision-makers. As a result, this empowers frontline staff and analysts to collaborate using data that drives value and improves processes.

The overwhelming majority of healthcare workers will never directly write reports or analyze data. They rely on someone else to pull data, analyze it, and produce a report. With all of the changes in Healthcare, it is important to stay on top of patient satisfaction. Leaders of organizations recognize that poor patient satisfaction ratings lead to reduced reimbursements, which inevitably affects the bottom line. Organizations who leverage these professionals and technologies increases patient satisfaction and employee engagement.

Healthcare has experienced phenomenal growth in data

The field for healthcare data analysis only continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that careers related to data gathering, data interpretation, data storage, and the use of electronic health records are expected to grow by more than 15% through 2024. That’s twice as fast as the overall growth rate estimates for all other professions.

Data analysts get down to the heart of what matters. For example, the healthcare industry now captures demographic data as well as direct and indirect cost of delivering that care. It not only captures how patients feel about their care, but also a host of ancillary data like income, family history, and genetics. However, technology can only do so much. It’s necessary to have critical thinkers to process that data and produce reports detailing the critical information needed to help with a variety of clinical, operations, and financial decisions and how they affect patient outcomes.

If your healthcare organization is one of the hundreds seeking talented data analysts, or are looking to grow your career in this field, reach out to me and my healthcare team. We’re partnering with multiple hospitals to fill critical needs for this flourishing profession.

job market

How Good is Today’s Job Market?

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You’ve read the news and seen the reports. The labor market is competitive. But is today’s job market really as strong as people think it is? The short answer is yes! Here’s a brief overview of today’s job market and how to navigate it if you’re an employer.

According to LinkedIn’s May Workforce Report, gross hiring in the United States was 7.4 percent higher in April 2019 than in the year prior. And we are also experiencing an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, which is a near 50-year low.

The labor market is really strong, and some industries are more competitive than others. To put this in perspective, the three industries Johnson Search Group specializes in (Mining & Heavy Industrial, Banking, and Healthcare) have all seen tremendous growth over the last 12 months.

Mining

The Mining & Energy industry has come back to life in recent years. Over the last year alone, the number of unemployed mining professionals has been cut in half from 39,000 to roughly 17,000 people. Moreover, year-over-year growth in the Mining & Energy industry is 4.9 percent. And over the last two months, the growth has been 2.2 percent, from April to May. In April 2019, the unemployment rate in Mining was just 2.4 percent, well below the nation’s average.

Banking & Finance

In April 2019, there were 12,000 Banking & Finance jobs created. And over the last 12 months, 110,000 jobs were generated in the industry. Average hourly earnings in the industry have also risen over the past year from $34.46 an hour to $35.53. The unemployment rate in this sector is well below the national average at 2.1 percent. The Banking & Finance industry has a 7.7 percent growth year-over-year.

Healthcare

263,000 Healthcare jobs were added in April 2019, overshadowing the average monthly gains of 213,000 for the last 12 months. Not surprisingly, the Healthcare industry has continued to grow rapidly over the year. The industry experienced year-over-year growth of 7.5 percent over the last 12 months. And this growth will keep climbing. Healthcare became the largest U.S. employer in 2018, and by 2026, the industry will add nearly 4.0 million jobs.

How to navigate this market

With how competitive the market is, it can be difficult to find the talent your team needs. It’s a candidate’s market and employers cannot afford to drag their feet when making hiring decisions. You must move quickly to ensure you secure top talent.

Have you ever thought of the costs incurred from a vacancy on your team? There are several hidden costs associated with unfilled positions at your organization. According to SHRM, the average open position takes 42 days to fill at a cost of $4,129. The cost of vacancies can certainly add up as good employees take advantage of this hot job market and move onto other opportunities. Many of our clients are incurring these indirect costs and don’t even realize the financial impact of unfilled positions.

If you find yourself in this same boat, have you thought of partnering with a recruiter? A recruiting company, like Johnson Search Group, will help you find the qualified talent your team needs quickly and help you mitigate these costs. We have a huge network of great candidates ready to make a move and make an immediate impact on your organization. Let’s have a conversation and help you fill some of those vacant positions.

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Technology in Healthcare

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Health Information Technology is constantly changing and is a great career field to be in. Not long ago, all records were captured on paper and charts could only be shared by fax or courier. They’re not always legible and accessing healthcare information was difficult and often very tedious.

Faster diagnosis and results

With 5G now available and the demand for receiving accurate information in seconds improves the care and safety of patients. It has proven that the benefits are substantial. With recent technological changes in the healthcare industry, time for getting accurate patient records has drastically decreased. Consequently, over 82 percent of healthcare professionals reported that electronic prescriptions save time and reduce efforts.

Furthermore, healthcare professionals can now efficiently diagnose patients. Better technologies allow doctors to take preventive measures before medical issues become more serious. Or in some cases, lethal.

For example, 5G will allow doctors to send MRIs and other images, which are very large image files, almost instantly. Specialists will be able to examine and diagnose patients quickly, allowing them to serve even more patients. The more patients that can be seen in a single day, the more patient lives we can save.

With better, faster technologies available, patients and healthcare professionals now have even more control of their well-being. Reviewing information, requesting additional information on their diagnosis, making appointments, and even contacting their doctor are now much easier and quicker to accomplish.

Additionally, technological advancements even help reduce medical costs. According to a study from the University of Michigan, shifting from paper to electronic health records has reduced the cost of outpatient care by 3 percent.

How technology affects the healthcare industry

Technology is drastically changing the healthcare industry. As a result, healthcare employment is being forced to adapt to newer technologies and medical advancements. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations are finding themselves having to hire new employees to accommodate these changes.

Some of the hot jobs in Health Information Technology include:

  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Interface analyst
  • Senior Applications Analyst
  • Nurse Informaticist
  • Facility Information Security
  • EHR applications

Technology advancements continually help save patient lives and improve the quality of life of each and every patient. So, if your organization needs help finding the talent you need to keep up with these demanding IT trends, let’s have a conversation. Because my team and I specialize in placing talented professionals in healthcare organizations every single day.

Thanksgiving

Work With Us So You Can Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. Sometimes it’s easier to focus more on the negatives in life. But this time of year, we get the opportunity to reflect on all the good that happens in our lives.

In my personal reflection, there has been quite a bit to be thankful for in this past year. I’ve had the privilege of not only working with, but learning from, a wide variety of wonderful people from our clients, candidates, and my amazing colleagues.

The job market is crazy busy

Of course, there is SO much more to be thankful for outside of my own personal journey; one of which is a job market that’s on fire! We have been lucky enough to enjoy a booming economy and the labor market with the unemployment rate remaining at 3.7 percent in October AND the number of job openings at over 7 million. Right now, in this candidate-driven market, there is more than one job opening for every unemployed person. If that isn’t something to be wildly excited about, I don’t know what is.

Over the past 12 months, there were 323,000 jobs added in the healthcare industry alone! Not only that, but The Conference Board also reported the highest level of job satisfaction at 51% based on their latest survey, which is the highest level reported since 2005.

Get the help you need

Of course, with such a booming job market, there are a lot of difficulties for employers in finding the qualified candidates they need. Luckily, this isn’t something you need to do alone. That’s what we at Johnson Search Group are here for!

We have a great network of talented and experienced candidates and we love to help our fabulous clients out by matching them with the right people for the job. This holiday season, I encourage employers who may be struggling to find qualified candidates not to try and do everything on their own.

Spend time with your family and loved ones this holiday season and let us take some of the stress off your shoulders. After all, that is not only why we are here but it is also what we love to do.