Recruiting secret: Hospital offers convenient housing for its employees

Having trouble recruiting hospital staff? This might be your solution… One Orlando hospital sold part of their land to a local developer to build convenient, nearby housing for hospital staff. The building developer agreed to offer hospital employees a three-month preferred lease option before the apartments are made available to the public. Even when the …

What do you think of prescribed color-coded scrubs?

A Minneapolis-based hospital group will soon implement color-coded uniform requirements so that patients and family members can easily identify nurses from other hospital workers. This requirement has been causing some controversy among nurses nationally. Many argue that their brightly colored scrubs cheer up patients; the solid colored scrubs lack individuality and are depressing. What do …

Evaluating a Company's Nursing and Allied Health Candidates

The quality and quantity of nursing and allied health candidates that a staffing company provide is really the core of their business and is one of the main reasons you should be considering working with a staffing company in the first place. There are four key components to this: Nursing and Allied Health Candidate Pool Size, Recruiting …

Why should I use one company over another to meet my healthcare staffing needs?

There are a lot of factors to look at when it comes to determining what travel nursing company you think will meet the needs of your hospital best. We looked at these partially earlier in two posts, one about evaluate the healthcare staffing vendors and another about  healthcare staffing providers financially stability, but now we will take …

How are you dealing with a more diverse nurse population?

A recent study titled The Registered Nurse Population: Initial Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses revealed some interesting developments regarding the ever more diverse nursing population. Some of the findings include: Women still outnumber men by 15 to 1 overall, but for nurses who became RNs after 1990, the ratio is only 10 to 1. The …

Nurses Week Contest – Give it a Shot! Nurses Week T-Shirt Design Challenge

Just wanted to take second and mention our Nurses Week contest called the “Give it a Shot! Nurses Week T-Shirt Design Challenge”. It is a month long celebration of Nurses Week that lets nurses or fans of nurses design t-shirts (using a really easy tool) that celebrate nurses and all they do. And win prizes at …

Nurse leaders are making due and getting better for it

A recent benchmarking survey discussed at The Leaders’ Lounge looked at impact that the economy’s downturn had on nursing units, with some not all too surprising results, but some that do have a direct impact on healthcare staffing, including nurse managers: Cutting back on educational travel Delaying filling open positions Renegotiating supply costs and contracts Cutting back on …