If you're struggling to hire registered nurses (RN) at your facility, you're hardly alone. Labor insight provider Burning Glass shows there have been more than 960,000 job postings for RNs in the past 12 months and it takes an average of 38 days to hire an RN. So the real question is: How can you hire top-notch registered nurses for your organization quickly and with the least amount of effort and expense?
Here's a simple checklist of what you need to hire a great registered nurse:1. make sure your hiring process is as efficient as it gets 2. know what compensation you need to offer for the position 3. identify the top skills for RNs 4. write a job description that works 5. know your industry trends to identify keys to attracting RNs 6. decide on the best channels to find candidates
Need help checking off these items? Read on for simple ways to do so.
1. speed up your hiring process
Many organizations today are feeling the pinch of lengthy hiring timelines — and when you need to hire immediately, the costs and consequences of a drawn-out cycle can be especially heavy. Identify your efficiencies using this diagram and start cutting down wasted efforts.
2. develop a competitive compensation package
If you aren't sure whether or not your current pay rates are competitive, Randstad's salary guide is a good place to start.
The national averages in our salary guide make for a great starting point. But since compensation for RNs varies significantly from one state or market to the next, use Randstad's salary calculator to get up-to-date data on actual pay rates for RNs and other key roles in your specific market.
3. identify the top skills for RNs
Next, work closely with hiring managers and other supervisors to pinpoint the skills, training and experience that are critical to success. These will be useful for when you're writing the job description.
Think about which qualifications are "must-haves" — relevant certifications like BLS, CPR or ACLS — versus "nice-to-haves." Focus on what really matters, like these top skills for RNs:
4. write an eye-catching job description
Writing a job description can be tricky, but here are three simple things to keep in mind to find the right candidate:
These simple tips should make your job descriptions infinitely more engaging — and ensure that a steady stream of resumes flows to your inbox in no time. If you want more in-depth advice, our guide to writing highly effective job descriptions should help you out.
5. brush up on the latest industry trends
Demand for RNs is undergoing massive change, driven by a host of factors — and in order to develop an effective talent strategy, you'll need to understand them in detail. After all, how can you get out ahead of tomorrow's hiring needs if you don't know where the industry is going next?
Here are a few trends to keep top of mind:
- Demand for RNs is projected to grow seven percent by 2029 — a rate that's nearly double the national average for all other occupations.
- This increase in demand is largely driven by two factors: the shortage of nurses together with a growing elderly population.
demand for RNs will have significant growth by 2029.
6. choose your channels to find candidates
There are any number of ways to go about finding the RN that's right for your organization. But one of the more successful paths is to work with a staffing firm that has demonstrated expertise in the healthcare space. Qualified RNs are going to continue to be highly in demand for the foreseeable future, which is why gaining access to a large network of talent — screened, vetted and available on demand — can make a huge difference, no matter how your specific or large-scale your needs may be. Plus, it's an approach to hiring RNs that can pay off in multiple ways, as staffing firms can also help you reduce risks, increase your safety maturity and drive bottom-line improvements.
Get in touch with the healthcare experts at Randstad for help finding your next great RN. Or you can head on over to our Find Employees portal and start browsing a large pool of screened and vetted RNs right away.