A shortage of healthcare workers is forcing healthcare facilities to utilize alternative staffing solutions. As a result, agency nursing has surged in popularity with healthcare employers and clinicians. Come along with us as we explore the top eight benefits you can expect as an agency nurse. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can make these benefits (and more) yours today.
Benefits of Agency Nursing
Better pay is one of the benefits that you can expect from agency nursing. Medical staffing agencies often work with hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities experiencing a shortage of nurses. As a result, these facilities are generally willing to pay more to reach adequate staffing levels quickly. While compensation varies based on location, assignment and shift, agency nurses can expect to earn a higher hourly rate than their full-time, permanent counterparts. Additionally, nurses that have in-demand clinical skills will find that agency nursing offers generous compensation packages.
Why It Should Be and More with Laura Hanoski
Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC was recently ranked as one of the largest Wisconsin-based, women-owned businesses by the Milwaukee Business Journal. In honor of that tremendous achievement, we’re talking with Laura Hanoski, former nurse and the business’ owner. Find out what sets Premier Medical Staffing Services apart and why your healthcare staffing agency should be nurse owned.
1. Tell us about yourself. What did you do prior to starting Premier Medical Staffing Services?
Prior to starting Premier Medical Staffing Services, I attended Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). There I earned my associate degree in nursing. While I was earning my degree, I started working as an internal float pool nurse at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During my five years there, I was privileged to work in a lot of different specialties. I learned a lot about nursing and nurses from this experience.
Following my time at St. Luke’s, I accepted a position with the Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center in Greenfield, Wisconsin. There I did everything from dressing changes and suture removals to insurance verifications and scheduling patient appointments. It was definitely a job that kept me on my toes.
Preparing for a Travel Assignment
What Does This Compliance Checklist Mean?
In a recent social media group talk, a first-time Traveling Nurse posted their frustration and confusion on the list of needs or compliance checklist a recruiter gave them for their first travel assignment. A recruiter asked for the following items from the traveler:
- ACLS… What?!
- TB – Don’t they last a year?
- Years of online modules
- Flu shot
- Fit test
The checklist from the recruiter felt overwhelming and unnecessary to the traveler. It just didn’t make sense. Also, this information was provided too close to the assignment start date and seemed sudden to the Travel Nurse. To start a relationship between a traveler and recruiter on a frustrating note is unfortunate. As a recruiter, you want the Travel Nurse to feel appreciated and informed. Meanwhile, the Travel Nurse wants respect, transparency, and efficiency from their recruiter especially if this is their first contract assignment.
I want to start out by asking one simple question: What?
You’re a nurse and you’re probably receiving an overwhelming amount of phone calls, emails, text messages, and inbox messages on social media sites from recruiters in every state. Whether you’re a travel nurse or working locally, I’m sure this is very common if you’re in the healthcare field. If choosing to work agency, what makes you say yes?
The list of immunizations needed from a healthcare staffing agency can be daunting, and may include things that you may or may not have already. At Premier Medical Staffing Services, we pride ourselves in assisting you to obtain the documents that you have access to, as well as, provide resources. These are the best questions to ask yourself when needing to provide medical records for a pre-employment background check.
What is Credentialing in Healthcare Staffing?
Many people view credentialing as an extension of HR. For healthcare facilities, and in this case healthcare staffing agencies, credentialing is a crucial step. Healthcare professionals are required to have accurate and up-to-date credentials to prove not only their skills/ competency at their job, but also to comply with Federal regulations.
The Five Steps for Healthcare Recruiter Positions
Staffing in the healthcare world is a revolving door of opportunities. Medical positions can be full-time, part-time, per-diem, permanent, ongoing, contract, etc. Landing a job as a healthcare professional may seem simple and finite, and for the most part, it is. However, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that most people don’t realize. That’s where Talent Acquisition Managers come in handy. We make your job of finding and securing a position as easy as possible. Let’s look at the step-by-step process from start to finish of how we do this.
Why They Are Important
Documents necessary to begin a new position in a healthcare facility are complex for those new to the field and those who haven’t changed to a new job opportunity. Healthcare workers are required to have a number of documents in order to be compliant and begin working. It is important to know and understand that requirements vary from facility to facility. These requirements and specialty regulations are determined by State regulations, facility type, and membership to organizations such as Joint Commission. Continue reading
Nurse staffing within healthcare organizations is one of the most challenging and complex issues facing management today. Research from the past two decades definitely proves a strong relationship between adequate staffing levels and improved patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. However, despite all the research that has been done, achieving appropriate staffing levels is still every healthcare administrator’s nightmare.
To that end, every nurse should have a basic understanding of:
- The staffing process and its related terms;
- How their unit or organization performs these functions; and
- How to be actively involved in the solution.
Here are three practical thoughts for your consideration.
5 Reasons to Consider Contract Nursing
For healthcare professionals in the modern medical environment, finding the right position can be a challenging undertaking. Traditional healthcare jobs tend to offer little upward mobility and are often accompanied by excessive workloads, easily damaging employee morale and limiting earning potential. However, for a growing number of medical professionals, the opportunities available through a healthcare staffing agency are providing the chance to earn a competitive income in their chosen field while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. If you have ever wondered why some medical professionals choose to work exclusively for healthcare staffing agencies, keep reading to learn about the five key benefits these clinicians are experiencing.