Healthcare is one of the fasting growing industries today. Therefore, the need for career healthcare workers in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities is enormous. Low wages and burnout can lead to high turnover for those workers not necessarily suited for this segment of healthcare. The good news is that there are healthcare workers out there who fit nicely into this niche. Recruiters must be able to parse out those looking for their ‘next job’ from those who can find long lasting happiness and fulfillment with what the job is.
Nursing homes for the most part cannot compete with hospitals when it comes to pay. If a potential employee’s focus is solely on pay, they may not be a long term solution for the open position. As a result, recruiters should seek out candidates that want to be “in it” for the long haul. Some qualities to look for are:
- The ability to demonstrate how working in this segment will fulfill them professionally
- Leadership qualities- Somebody who is not just knowledgeable about their field, but also has that intangible quality of being able to lead or manage.
- Someone who has been in a similar position at the same facility for at least 3 years.
It cannot be stressed enough that recruitment, especially for nursing home healthcare workers, is not just about an applicant answers questions in an interview. The three bullet points above should be the framework for a recruiter to match the best person. Hiring the right employee for this rapidly growing, yet difficult to find worker field is a key component for a recruiter to separate themselves and rise to the top.