You know what they say when it comes to your health: Prevention is the best medicine. And the healthcare industry is doing all it can to deliver this "best medicine" — with nurse practitioners (NPs) playing an important part of their strategy. Analysis by labor-insights provider Burning Glass finds NPs to be in high demand, with more than 100,000 job postings in the past year and an average of 52 (long) days to fill a position.
So how can you secure quality NPs in a timely manner? Let's look at the steps you'll need to take to hire a top-notch nurse practitioner:1. make your hiring process is as effective as possible 2. put together an attractive compensation package 3. identify the top skills you'll require of your NPs 4. craft an eye-catching job description 5. take time to understand the industry landscape and trends 6. decide on the channels that will best reach the right candidates
Keep reading for advice on how to accomplish these steps.
1. speed up your hiring process
When healthcare organizations have open positions for weeks on end, the ramifications can be far-reaching. A short-staffed medical facility risks overburdening existing staff and underserving patients. After all, it's hard to prioritize prevention without enough hands on deck! Minimize your timeline and maximize your effort by determining where your hiring process can be tweaked for more efficiency. The diagram below is a good place to start.
2. develop a competitive compensation package
In a competitive talent market, a competitive wage is crucial — so you'll need to know how your pay rates stack up against your competitors. For a general idea, take a look at these average hourly rates for nurse practitioners from Randstad's 2019 Salary Guide:
Of course, rates will vary depending on your specific location. Our salary calculator is an excellent resource for real-time pay rate data and can be used to ensure the wage you offer NPs will be attractive.
3. identify the top skills for NPs
Nurse practitioners can have a great diversity of expertise beyond baseline skills, so it's necessary to know what specialized skills and certifications your organization will require.
Talk to the hiring manager and stakeholders who will work with the NP to determine which qualifications are essential ("must-haves") and which are bonuses ("nice-to-haves"). Perhaps your employer is looking for NPs with behavioral health experience? Or maybe palliative care? Chronic disease? Particulars aside, be sure to emphasize these top seven skills for NPs:
4. write an eye-catching job description
You're (obviously) not the only one hiring nurse practitioners right now, so you need to make sure your job description stands out from the pack. Not sure how? Here are a few pointers.
5. brush up on the latest industry trends
In order to make a wise hire today, you need to understand what the industry will look like tomorrow. No one has a crystal ball, but luckily there is data that allows you to track trends and strategize accordingly.
Here are some relevant factors to know:
The need for nurse practitioners is estimated to grow by 31 percent over the next seven years.
Increased focus on preventative care and healthcare needs for the aging boomer population are key factors behind the uptick in demand for NPs.
Specialized skills vary from candidate to candidate, as there are many certifications available for them to obtain, so the most sought-after skill sets are dependent on your specific needs.
To gain a better understanding of talent trends in the industry, take a look at our 2019 guide to hiring trends in the healthcare sector.
6. choose your channels to find candidates
You have a lot of options when it comes to how and where to source NPs. And while posting your openings on job boards and social media are common recruitment channels, given the high — and increasing — demand for quality nurse practitioners, partnering with a seasoned staffing firm can provide unmatched advantages.
Think of it like this: Indiscriminately posting on job sites is like playing catch by yourself — you throw out a job description not knowing if someone is there to catch it. Using a staffing agency takes the uncertainty out of the game. You can be confident your job opportunity will be caught by an entire pool of vetted, qualified NPs. Even better, staffing professionals mitigate the risks of bad hires by working to find the right person for your position, which saves your organization time and money down the road.
Check out Randstad's Find Employees portal today to browse our nationwide networks of available NPs. Then, connect with Randstad's healthcare experts to learn more about why and how a staffing firm could be the best choice for your hiring needs.