Thank You for Stepping Up To Aid Nurse Staffing
Each year on the first Tuesday in June, National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day provides an opportunity to highlight the work you do with nurses, healthcare facilities, and patients.
Over the last two years, you have faced numerous new challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, including adapting to virtual recruiting and a shortage of nurse candidates. Despite these hurdles, you’ve demonstrated perseverance and ingenuity to solve recruiting challenges. After three decades of celebrating this day, now more than ever, we want to show our appreciation for all you do to support healthcare staffing.
National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day allows for other healthcare professionals to focus on the immeasurable ways you contribute to the nursing profession and patient care. You recruit the strongest applicants and select the most qualified candidates to fill the many positions needed in healthcare — especially during the pandemic.
For many of you, the word “talent” appears in your title, and most people would say it’s because you’re tasked with finding talent. But your colleagues understand the other reason is that it takes talent to find talent — what you do requires a unique skill set.
No Recruitment Role Is Too Big or Too Small
No one knows better than you all that goes into your role as a recruiter. You work full time, part time, and often overtime to fill roles in different settings from small hospitals to large healthcare systems, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care facilities, home-based care, and more.
Your myriad of responsibilities ranges from establishing yearly recruitment plans and budgets to working with your leadership team at the decision-making table. You review resumes and set up initial interview sessions as well as team interviews. You work on certifications and advanced trainings to stay current and prepared as you evaluate applicant skill sets and qualifications for each job.
You’re also involved in onboarding, 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 wear numerous hats in your role — collaborator, liaison, colleague, 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.
You’re responsible for supporting managers and upper-level management. You counsel, listen, and sympathize; bolster professional development; and help those uncertain about their career paths.
In your role, 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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wrenched many former recruiting processes, so the task of adapting old procedures into new ones was presented to you. Previously, you would travel to represent your facility at job and career fairs or set up in-person interviews. Amid the pandemic, you’ve had to modify these events and meetings to be virtual. You have navigated every obstacle with grace and resourcefulness to provide the best outcome for your candidate, your facility, your colleagues, and yourself.
Healthcare Recruiters Are Integral
The need for nurses has grown over the last few years and has amplified due to COVID-19. This number is predicted to grow in the years ahead for many reasons — nurse retirement or higher levels of care required for the aging population — and in different healthcare settings.
The job outlook for both registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses/licenses vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs) is expected to grow 9% for each role from 2020 to 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
“Employment growth is also projected to be much faster than average in outpatient care centers,” notes the BLS for both RNs and LPNs/LVNs. The bureau also anticipates a demand for nurses in residential care settings and home-based care for older adults.
It appears your role will continue to be vital to the future of healthcare recruitment, so on National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day and throughout this month, revel in all the well-deserved accolades that come your way.
And don’t forget to recognize your professional recruitment organization — the 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, administrator, or another department leader who just wants to say, “Thank you,” or a big celebration — remember to celebrate all your accomplishments in a special way. As you and your colleagues celebrate this month, take time to focus on how important and necessary your work really is. Sit back and highlight all you’ve accomplished in the past year and what you want to do in the one ahead.
Your role is so integral to the success of your facility, and you accomplish so much in your field, especially in the face of adversity.
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 2022!
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated.