How to Retain Healthcare Workers

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/14/20 11:00 AM

Turnover is a major issue in the healthcare sector, which is why increasing employee retention is a top priority for many hospitals and clinics. You might think that higher salaries are the key to retaining workers. While salary increases may help, there are other powerful employee retention strategies you can use.

According to a Nursing Solutions, Inc. report the 2018 turnover rate in hospitals increased to 19.1%, the highest in the decade. The overwhelming majority of hospital separations, 92.7%, were voluntary terminations. Employees leave because they are choosing to. The epidemic isn’t confined to nursing staff. A Leaders for Today survey found that more than 47% of non-clinical admin employees plan to leave their position within two years and more than 42% of clinical admin staff will do the same.

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Topics: workforce training, Healthcare Upskilling, Outcomes

Partner with a Training Provider to Build a Healthcare Talent Pipeline

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/11/19 11:00 AM

The demand for healthcare employees has been growing for years with no signs of slowing down. To fill open positions and plan for the future, smart healthcare providers are building talent pipelines that will help them meet their staffing needs, which will be critical as the organization grows or as specialized services need to be offered.

What do talent pipelines for healthcare look like? Traditionally, healthcare providers would post a job, interview, and hire new employees, which may take time and may not attract the right candidates. To better address this, many providers are beginning to train and hire within their organization. This might include training non-clinical employees for clinical roles or attracting and recruiting entry level staff with the promise of training benefits and promotion. The goal is to build a talent pool that the clinic or hospital can quickly draw from when new positions open up. At the same time, these well-trained employees become more engaged, providing better patient care. They are also more likely to stay in their position or with the organization, meaning that there are fewer open positions that need to be filled and less time and energy spent on hiring. 

Training employees takes time and resources, two things that are in short supply in the fast-growing world of healthcare. That’s why the smartest healthcare providers are partnering with training providers to create sustainable talent pipelines.

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Topics: workforce development, working learners, Healthcare Upskilling

Healthcare Is A Service Industry: Train Accordingly

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/2/19 11:00 AM

Make no mistake, healthcare is a service industry. In most cases, patients and their families are facing difficult and emotional challenges. They’re away from home, ill, and feeling vulnerable. What might seem like a small irritation under normal circumstances can escalate to a catastrophic event under these conditions. Which is why training employees to interact with patients, families, and visitors is critically important.

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Topics: workforce development, Healthcare Upskilling, Career Readiness

Improving People Skills in Middle-Skilled Workers

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/21/19 11:00 AM

When hiring, it’s easy to focus just on the technical skills. Find a Veterinary Technician who can take an X-ray or a contractor who can drive a skid steer and you’ve found a good candidate, right? Maybe not. 

A hyper focus on hard skills can mean you miss out on quality candidates and end up with employees who can’t collaborate, lead or communicate. Soft skills or people skills are vital to the success of your business. Looking for people skills in new hires and developing them in your existing workforce can make a big difference for productivity, profitability, and even retention.

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Topics: Healthcare Upskilling, Career Readiness, Outcomes

3 Secrets to Build a Strong Healthcare Team

Posted by Jaime Nguyen on 11/6/19 11:00 AM

With a healthcare boom underway and a growing gap of middle-skilled job candidates, it’s time to rethink hiring practices and move from the familiar, reactive model to one that allows you and your practice to build a strong, dedicated talent pipeline - while decreasing your turnover rate.  

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Topics: workforce development, Allied Health, Healthcare Upskilling

Career Pathways in Healthcare

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/23/19 11:00 AM

Paving career pathways for healthcare workers

The healthcare industry has been booming for decades. While consistent growth brings plenty of opportunity, it also creates challenges. The skills gap in healthcare is real and pressing. To continue to meet the needs of their patients, healthcare employers need a strategy to attract and retain middle-skills talent. 

Career pathways should be at least a part of that strategy. With the right training, workers in non-clinical roles can transition to clinical roles. Similarly, new hires for entry level positions can upskill for more specialized jobs. 

When you pave clear career pathways for employees, you do a lot more than help them find their next position. You give them the tools to contribute and thrive within your hospital or clinic. As a result, they’re more engaged and provide better patient care. They’re also less likely to search for new opportunities elsewhere. Career pathways build loyalty, strengthen talent pipelines, and improve outcomes for your organization.

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Topics: workforce development, Healthcare Upskilling, Career Path

Meet Medical Billing & Coding Graduate, Destini

Posted by Penn Foster on 10/22/19 1:35 PM

Destini Willis, a veteran and a mother, had skills before furthering her education, but she needed expert training to succeed in a new career after leaving the military. Here's her story.

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Topics: in-demand occupations, Healthcare Upskilling, Career Path

How to Hire for the Healthcare Boom

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/10/19 11:00 AM

The healthcare industry is growing thanks to the aging boomer population, new technologies, and the relative accessibility of care. The gap between open jobs in the industry and employees ready to fill those jobs is expected to grow over the next decade as well. To hire for middle skills roles during this healthcare boom, hospitals, pharmacies, and nursing care systems need to rethink their standards for candidates.

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Topics: workforce development, Allied Health, Healthcare Upskilling

 

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