Demystifying healthcare staffing

Over the next several weeks we are going to be bringing you a new series that tackles some of the common questions about temporary healthcare staffing.

On the schedule right now are the following questions:

  • How can hospitals make sure they are staffed appropriately in a nursing shortage?
  • Why should I use one company over another to meet my healthcare staffing needs?
  • How do healthcare staffing companies recruit healthcare professionals?
  • How do healthcare staffing companies screen healthcare professionals?
  • How quickly can healthcare staffing companies find healthcare professionals for my hospital?
  • What is the first step I should to take if my hospital has staffing needs?
  • When should my hospital consider temporary staffing?
  • Why would a healthcare professional want to work on a temporary basis?
  • Can a hospital extend a temporary assignment? Or turn it into a permanent hire?
  • Whose responsibility is it to provide a temporary healthcare professional with living accommodations?
  • Whose responsibility is it to provide for a temporary healthcare professional’s liability insurance?
  • What types of nurse staffing do healthcare staffing companies provide?
  • What special skills or competencies do healthcare staffing companies require for travel nurses?
  • What about Vendor Management Services (VMS)?
  • Do healthcare staffing companies provide staffing for ambulatory surgery centers?
  • Do healthcare staffing companies help recruit permanent staff too?
  • Do healthcare staffing companies only provide temporary staffing to hospitals?
  • Can healthcare staffing companies provide staffing for home health needs?
  • What should I look for in a healthcare staffing company?
  • Isn’t temporary staff expensive?

4 thoughts on “Demystifying healthcare staffing

  1. I agree, its challenging when selecting medical staffing agencies, but one of your questions regarding how medical staffing agencies recruit is far from simple? I have noticed when running my company that many nurses are recruited directly from the hospital they work from. Its not uncommon for a nurse that has been working the night shift to be eager and want to work in a different hospital for day shift. The challenge facing hospitals is not as much internal as it is external.

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