Nurse Staffing: Do these to Complete Your Search for Top Quality Nurses

Sep 06, 2016
Paul Johnson

Employing new nurses, midwives, and care assistants into your organization could come as a sort of challenge if you don’t know how to go about it.  More so, the largest population of the new workers graduating from colleges and nursing schools are different from the ones from the previous generation.

Though they are full of life and are hungry to start working on the go, they are, however, very selective in their choice of organization. These new generations of the workforce are unique with a peculiar set of values, skills, and strengths. By understanding their characteristics and following the suggested steps in your recruiting process, you will onboard only the top-quality nurses with a high retention rate.

  1. Determine the types of nurses you want

Locating talented nurses that will make a positive impact on your organization starts with your decision-making skills. You are expected to know the types of nurses you want to hire before you commence a search for talented and skilled nurses. Here are the types of nurses you can choose from:

  • Registered Nurses: Registered Nurses, preferably known as RNs, are nursing professionals who administer medication and treatment to patients. They coordinate plans for patient care and give instructions to patients on how to manage illnesses after treatment. RNs are also known for carrying out diagnostic tests and analyzing results. The registered nurses also oversee other workers, including Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), care assistants, and nursing aides.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses: The licensed practical nurses, also known as LPNs, offers patients essential medical and nursing attention. They involved in providing health care such as checking blood pressure, inserting catheters, and assisting patients to bathe and dress. Licensed practical nurses are directly involved in discussing health care with patients and reporting to registered nurses and doctors.
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses: The licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are very similar to licensed practical nurses. They work alongside nurses and doctors in the hospital, school facilities, and home of patients to provide care.
  • Certified Nursing Assistants: The certified nursing assistant (CNAs), also known as care assistants, work under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. They help patients with primary health care needs either at the hospitals or the patient home.
  1. Choose the assignment types

Another critical step in nurse staffing is the ability to choose the best assignment types. Your organization has to be able to conclude on the length of the job role.

  • Full time: As a health organization, you have to know if you need nurses for full-time assignments or not. A full-time task requires more hours, more schedule with pay per hour, or flat salary. However, full-time engagement comes with more remuneration packages.
  • Per time: Per time engagement are assignments require lesser hours, lesser work schedule with pay per hour, or flat salary. Another important thing is that per time tasks do not mostly come with other packages like compensation, insurance, and the likes.
  • Per Diem or Contract:  As an organization, you can also need nurses for per diem or contract assignments. While per diem talks about work per day, a contract can mean working for a particular length of time without the nurses becoming a full or per time employee.