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Happy National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day!

BY: Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN on June 4, 2019

You are amazing! And June is the perfect time to tell you.

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition DayIn 1991, Congress declared National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day would be celebrated each year on the first Tuesday of June to recognize healthcare recruitment professionals for the work you do with nurses, the nursing profession, healthcare facilities and patients.

And we’ve been privileged to celebrate and thank you on this special day for almost three decades.

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day gives everyone in healthcare an opportunity to focus on the immeasurable ways you contribute to patient care by recruiting the best applicants and selecting the best candidates to fill the many positions and roles needed in healthcare.

Many of you have the word “talent” in your titles and most would say it’s because you’re tasked with finding talent.

But everyone who works with you understands the other reason is it takes talent to find talent and what you do is a unique skill set that cannot be overstated!

Your recruitment role fills all reasons and seasons

No one knows better than you that there’s no vacation from recruitment. You work full-time, part-time, often overtime in different settings from small hospitals to large healthcare systems, nursing homes, rehab centers, ambulatory care facilities and more.

You have myriad responsibilities that range from establishing yearly recruitment plans and budgets to traveling to represent your facility at job and career fairs to working with your leadership team at the decision-making table.

You review resumes and set up initial interview sessions. You set up team interviews and attend professional conferences. You work on certification and advanced training to keep current and prepared to evaluate applicant skill sets and “fit” for each job.

You’re involved in onboarding and employee engagement programs, information sessions and town halls with other human resources staff and you’re a one-person support team for new hires, nurse managers and preceptors.

You need to possess many skills and wear many hats. You are a collaborator, liaison and colleague — a marketer, researcher and brander.

You’re tasked with setting up media advertising campaigns and orientation plans and staying up to date on new recruitment technology and trends.

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition DayYou’re responsible for supporting managers and upper level management. You counsel and advise, listen and sympathize; bolster professional development; and help those stumbling on their career paths.

Your role is one in which time is of the essence and the mandate is filling each vacancy with the best candidate in the least amount of time. Management and staff alike look to you to help with both.

Enjoy your special recruitment month and day

You do all this and more, and your role is integral to the success of your facility.

Please take time this month to celebrate yourself and your professional recruitment colleagues.

Focus on how important and necessary your work really is. Sit back and focus on all you’ve accomplished in the past year and what you want to do in the one ahead.

The need for nurses is predicted to grow and expand in the years ahead in many ways, for many reasons.

“Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.”

It seems the role you have will continue to be much needed and greatly appreciated in the coming years, so enjoy all the well-deserved accolades sure to come your way this month.

And don’t forget to recognize your professional recruitment organization — National Association for Health Care Recruitment (NAHCR) — and the role it plays in providing leadership, support, advocacy, education and professional development for you and your colleagues.

No matter how you’re recognized — whether it’s a phone call from a recent applicant, nurse manager, administration member or another department who just wants to say, “Thank you,” or a big celebration — I hope everyone remembers your day in a special way.

We at Nurse.com think you’re amazing, and we thank you for your work. We wish you a very happy National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day 2019. You deserve it!

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Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN

Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, is a former senior vice president and chief nurse executive who led nursing programs and initiatives. She continues to write and act as a consultant for Nurse.com. Before joining the company in 1998, Williamson was employed by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York, where she held a number of leadership positions in nursing and hospital administration, including chief nurse at two of the system’s member hospitals. She holds a BSN and an MSN in administration, and is a graduate fellow of the Johnson & Johnson University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Nurse Executives program. She also is a board member and past president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, a constituent league of the National League for Nursing.