According to Modern Healthcare, the number one thing nurses desire in an employer and work environment is a culture of life balance and safety (over higher pay!) When LeAnn Thieman delivers her powerful presentations at nursing recruitment events, an average of 30 percent of recruits sign on. Differentiate your hospital from the competition by providing potential nurses with Chicken Soup for their Souls from their first interaction!

If you’re struggling to recruit and retain new staff, it’s increasingly important to implement nursing recruitment strategies to improve the influx of caregivers. So many healthcare facilities are finding they simply can’t hire enough staff to keep up with demands. Instead, their current staff is often discouraged, burned out, and overworked, negatively affecting patient care.

Here are seven strategies you can implement to ensure that high-quality recruits are placing resumes in your hands:

Recognize Competition

Nursing is a competitive profession. Currently, employers seeking caregiver staff are competing with one another to acquire top talent. That means nurses who are seeking work will have the freedom to pick whichever employer they’d like. Thus, employers are forced to compete with other healthcare facilities to earn nurse recruits.

Build in Flexibility

Nurses are too often overworked. They’re required to work long shifts at odd hours. Caregiving is a field that demands constant hard work and concentration, and it can be taxing to work these shifts week after week. Gain the gaze of prospective new hires by providing flexible scheduling, time off, and incentives to compensate for longer shifts.

Improve Amenities

Take a keen look at the work environment you’re presenting to the nursing staff you’d like to recruit. Do you have any amenities that can attract new hires? New nurses might be attracted to a healthcare facility with childcare, self-care programs, a free coffee shop, or a massage therapist to treat staff members. Provide a few of these perks to make employees eager to join your staff.

Offer Education

New nurses seek out positions that offer continuing education. Regardless of whether that’s a scholarship program, on-site seminars, or other resources, providing free access to education and growth resources may be the key to attracting new hires.

Create a Caring, Positive Culture for Patients AND Staff

If your caregivers are distant and unkind, it can be off-putting to potential hires visiting the facilities for the first time. A nourishing, collaborative, and passionate staff of nurses shows your dedication to your staff. Nurture a positive work environment, and you’ll find others are more intrigued and likely to join your workforce.

Embrace the Community

If you’re operating a healthcare facility that’s surrounded by great nearby attractions, boast about those features. Advertise local amenities to attract nurses looking for a new place to settle down. If your facility operates in a town that has highly rated schools, highlight that benefit. Or if your facility is near a mall and shopping center, make a note of that convenience. If you work in an attractive region, use the locale to your advantage!

Use Our Resources!

Here at SelfCare for HealthCare™, we address nurse recruitment and retention problems and customize solutions for our clients. We provide resources, including our year-long SelfCare for HealthCare Program and motivational speaking at recruitment and community events.

Nowadays, it can be difficult to attract and hire new staff members. In addition, it can be difficult to retain nursing staff. Modern nurses are burned out, and constantly shifting from job to job in search of facilities that cater to their needs. We can help you to become a premier facility that attracts and retains nurses. With SelfCare for HealthCare™, you can improve your environment, hire the right staff, keep quality caregivers, and increase patient and nurse satisfaction!

Want to learn more? Get in touch with a SelfCare for HealthCarerepresentative today!