Hospitals are increasingly out-sourcing recruitment of hard-to-find nursing candidates.
Modern Healthcare notes that “Experienced RNs are in high demand and have many more types of job opportunities than they used to. Outpatient care, travel nursing, care management and health information technology have given nurses alternatives to the physically grueling hospital environment. It’s particularly hard to find replacements for retiring nurses in operating rooms, intensive-care units and emergency departments, jobs that require advanced skills and critical thinking, said Rhonda Anderson, CEO of Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Mesa, Ariz., and an editorial board member of the journal Nursing Economics.
So, “To gain an edge in hiring, some health systems now use recruitment process outsourcing firms, or RPOs, such as Cielo, rather than their own human resources departments. RPOs generally are contracted to handle the full range of hiring duties for non-executive positions, including initial outreach, interviewing, reference checks, and new employee orientation. ”