How Can Healthcare Organizations Hire Qualified Nurses More Efficiently?
November 30, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Health System
Healthcare jobs sit open for an average of 49 workdays, longer than most other industries, for myriad reasons, according to a November 16, 2016, article in Stateline. Registered nurses (RNs), in particular, are in demand, and positions often take months to fill. A Houston hospital highlighted in the article takes an average of 55 workdays to hire an RN. This is partially because of the number of people who graduate from nursing programs but, the article notes, "that's not the only problem." Hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other healthcare organizations often have a particular résumé and skill set in mind when hiring a new nurse. For instance, the article noted, a hospital might want a nurse who has experience in the operating department. A nurse fresh out of school may lack this training, while a more experienced nurse may be out of the hospital's price range. Nursing schools are not equipped to provide nursing students with this type of specialized, real-world training, in part because it's illegal for nursing students to practice on real patients. Students typically practice "only basic tasks under close supervision," the article notes.