Recognition of National Healthcare Recruiter Day

Recognition of National Healthcare Recruiter Day

That’s right, it’s national healthcare recruiters’ day, and while most of our posts are dedicated to the myriad of challenges and joys of travel nursing, today we want to take the time to recognize our healthcare recruiters for their hard work!

Travel nurses know that the pandemic boosted the travel nursing industry in a gigantic way, however, what you might not have thought as much about is how the recruiters have served a vital role in managing that uptick. What does a healthcare recruiter do, actually?

What a Healthcare Recruiter Actually Does

Implied in the job title is that healthcare recruiters recruit, but that’s merely one word that encompasses a variety of important tasks that all come together to connect travel nurses with a contract location that meets their needs while also meeting the needs of the various medical facilities and hospitals that need nursing talent.

Talent Screening – healthcare recruiters review applications, workplace profiles, professional resumes, and scour social media looking for medical professionals who will bring talent, knowledge, ambition, and character to their jobs. For travel nurse recruiters specifically, this means finding not only registered nurses, but licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants as well.

Talent Interviewing – recruiters need to dive deeper than just what is available on paper and social media, however. Interviewing is an integral part of the travel nurse recruiter process because so much of this work is connecting talent not only to a job that fits their specific career goals, but also a geographic location that they can enjoy, explore, and grow within. Personality, at times, does shine through on paper documents and social media. Nevertheless, that is all carefully crafted, and an interview allows recruiters to connect with the personality and values of the medical professionals they’re recruiting.

Talent Placement – following their deep dive into their candidates, healthcare recruiters focus on talent placement. They have hundreds of contracts available, but which nurse fits best with which placement?

Characteristics and Skills of a Successful Healthcare Recruiter

Discernment – The ability to accurately judge a potential travel nurse’s character, and personality and then appropriately place them is a necessary skill for all healthcare recruiters, and the most successful ones have this quality in spades. A successful healthcare recruiter cares about more than just placing as many travel nurses in contracts as possible, they care about doing it well and creating a relationship with both the talent and the facility that creates trust in their judgment and promotes further opportunities to work with both.

Organization – This one is pretty much a given for any job in this day and age, yet it warrants mentioning. Healthcare recruiters balance more than one candidate, and more than one job opportunity simultaneously, each often at different points in the process. The skill of organization requires attention, focus, and best of all, practice. The more experienced a recruiter is, the less likely they are to send you the contract for the hospital in Anchorage instead of Albuquerque.

Healthcare Industry Knowledge – It isn’t a requirement for healthcare recruiters to be medical professionals themselves, however knowledge of the industry is necessary. They need to understand hospital jargon, understand the various levels of licensure and certification, and understand the job descriptions provided by facilities in order to appropriately pair travel clinicians.

Attentive – With healthcare industry knowledge, comes acceptance of our healthcare systems imperfections. Healthcare recruiters who are successful are also attentive to their candidates and concerns or frustrations. Travel nursing is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle, and each travel clinician candidate is placing their trust in the recruiter. They will not return for another contract if they do not feel heard or seen.

Problem Solving – It is inevitable that from time to time, facilities or candidates will bring concerns, disputes, or negative feedback to the recruiter’s attention. Working to solve the problems within your control and verbally addressing the ones that are not will demonstrate to clients your commitment to their success.

Boundaries – While a successful healthcare recruiter should be attentive, boundaries are an important skill to avoid burnout. Leave the criticisms, problems, complaints, and criticisms at work, and take care of yourself when you leave. The systemic issues that are present in the healthcare industry do, in fact, affect healthcare recruitment. Specifically, the long-term issue of the nursing shortage, and recently the shortage of PPE for nurses in many facilities nationwide. When you are not at work, take care of your mind and body so that you can return to work fresh the following work day.

Healthcare Recruiters at Elite Specialty Staffing

At Elite Specialty Staffing, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients: both the traveling clinicians and the facilities they work at. Nevertheless, our success in this endeavor simply could not be attained without the commitment, care, and ambition of our healthcare recruiters. This has been true for our business since we began in Jen’s living room in Boise, Idaho, and indeed truer throughout the pandemic.

We say a heartfelt ‘Thank You!’ to all our healthcare recruiters here at Elite Specialty Staffing. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to all our travel nurses and hospitals across the nation. Your determination to forge connections and successful placements have been integral to our success!