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Rural Healthcare is Making a Comeback from COVID-19

Over the past three months, I have had many conversations with the rural healthcare facilities I partner with in Washington state about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them. Lately, my searches for critical need positions have certainly looked different during this crisis; many of my clients have expressed that they don’t want to hire clients poached from other hospitals, given the circumstances. This mindset is very respectable, and thankfully, my team and I can source fantastic job seekers in the healthcare industry without stealing them from other hospitals that are also in need of staff members.

Some good stories amongst the negative

These past three months have been filled with wonderful phone conversations and lots of touching stories. Hearing these stories of communities coming together to support their local hospitals has made my heart happy. There have been parades, small businesses making masks and shields for their hospitals, financial support from the communities, and a sense of comradery. This is especially true for rural healthcare, which has taken quite the hit this year. There is so much light during these uncertain times, and this is what keeps us pushing forward.

Rural healthcare is taking a hit

Of course, there were the hard stories, the scary stories regarding rural health. Many of my clients had to furlough great employees, lay off staff members, take a low census, and freeze all elective surgeries. Nurses were begging to work; coders are without outpatient or inpatient work; it was a standstill. I often heard the Tom Petty song playing in my head, “The Waiting.” Everyone was merely scared and did not know what to expect with this pandemic. Therefore, many stayed away from the safest place of all, our hospitals.

We are slowly making a comeback

However, things are starting to turnaround for our rural healthcare facilities. All 50 states have eased their “stay at home” orders, and 26 states have officially reopened. These past two weeks have been so positive; patients are no longer scared to walk the hallways, and elective surgeries can proceed again. In my personal experience, the hospital is the safest place you can be. Perhaps we are no longer as fearful as we were three months ago when the pandemic was spreading like wildfire. Rural healthcare is finally making a comeback.

We can help your healthcare facility

As we start to move into this new normalcy, your rural healthcare facility may need help retooling their staff. My team and I at Johnson Search Group can help source the best talent on the market that fits into your budget and organization’s culture. The candidates we present to our clients are thoroughly vetted to fit both your team and your community. I deliver resumes that are backed with positive people with a want and need to serve, not just your hospital but also your communities. Let’s have a conversation about the needs of your organization and community. We are all in this together.

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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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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3 Benefits To Working In Rural Healthcare

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It’s no secret that rural healthcare in America faces a wide set of challenges. However, it remains true that these organizations are a vital contributor to the wellbeing of our greater communities. At Johnson Search Group, we specialize in recruiting for these essential facilities. Along the way, we’ve discovered a long list of why healthcare professionals should consider taking their expertise to rural communities. Here are just a handful of reasons why you should make the move for the next step in your career!

Ability work across disciplines

In smaller facilities, healthcare professionals have the ability to work throughout multiple departments. This allows them not only to gain exposure to different practices and methods but also to share their unique skills and experiences throughout the organization. Furthermore, rural health employees often gain education from experiences unique to such a setting, such as wild animal attacks.

Better work-life balance

Compared with large hospitals, rural health organizations can often offer better work-life balance to their staff. Rural America boasts a lower cost of living. Additionally, you’ll find access to a host of activities like outdoor recreation and community events.

While there may be a greater time commitment, rural health understands and emphasizes the importance of family and community. With a local support system and a dedication to flexibility in caring for patients, many employees in rural health feel that the occupation is extremely rewarding. Ultimately, “healthcare workers who have a higher work-life balance reported a better safety culture and less burnout,” according to a study by BMJ Quality & Safety.

Opportunity to interact with the local community

Speaking of the local community, people who work in rural health have a much greater chance of seeing the impact they make. Additionally, these organizations are absolutely essential to the areas they serve. The medical care that Critical Access Hospitals and other rural healthcare facilities provide is an incredible gift to the community. When small communities have less access to advanced, specialized care, every emergency and medical service available becomes more and more essential.

Partner with our Healthcare Team

Rural healthcare is our passion and we partner with dozens of wonderful healthcare facilities throughout the nation. If you’re looking to make a transition into a rural healthcare organization, reach out to our Healthcare recruiting team. Whether you are a Clinical Coordinator of Care or an RN Case Manager, we have numerous opportunities in great communities. Reach out to us 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.