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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. 

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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.

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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.