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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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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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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.

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Why Rural Healthcare? Why not!

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We tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of trying to juggle a successful career and raising a family. With so much going on in our lives, we often forget to “stop and smell the roses,” so to speak.

By working in rural healthcare, you have a better chance of finding that work-life balance and still have a very successful and rewarding career. Having the possibility of stretching the boundaries by forging innovative programs and services, making rural life healthier and more compassionate. Isn’t that one of the reasons why you embarked on a career in healthcare? To have the opportunity to help people?

What’s not to love?

Better quality of life, no sitting in traffic for an hour. Living in a rural community often costs less, a chance to afford a larger home and be a part of a community. And who doesn’t love farm-fresh produce!?

Many of my clients that I work with in rural healthcare enjoy who they work with. The organizations they work for feel more like a large extended family rather than a group of co-workers. With the CEO walking the halls and having lunch in the cafeteria, rural health is much more welcoming. Having the ability to be a part of the community and seeing the difference that you can make is extremely rewarding.

Start your career in rural healthcare

There is a shortage in rural healthcare and now is the time to consider that option! Rural health is a great way to grow your career. You often see cases you might not normally come across in medical school or residency. You could see a broader scope of chief complaints, and that’s experience you just can’t buy.

I am working with some great Critical Access Hospitals that are looking for talented healthcare professionals just like you! Your patients will appreciate you and trust you. The need is real, and the reward is enormous! Working in rural health will very possibly reshape how you think the way you deliver care throughout the rest of your career!

If you’re ready to start your career in rural healthcare, reach out to me. My team and I are ready to help you find the next chapter in your career.