There’s no question that COVID-19 is causing layoffs and a slowdown in recruiting in most sectors. But when it comes to healthcare, there’s never been a more important time to fill healthcare provider roles. Many HCPs are being quarantined after being exposed to the virus, leaving a surplus of critical open positions and no one to fill them. Glassdoor found that COVID-19 related positions tripled in a one-week period with RNs being in the highest demand.
So how can healthcare recruiters continue to fill these vital roles during this challenging time? Here are a few tips to efficiently and effectively conduct healthcare recruiting during the pandemic:
Turn to digital for recruiting efforts
As social distancing has become the new normal, recruiters are turning to digital in order to source and fill essential healthcare positions. Using an Applicant Tracker System (ATS) can help healthcare recruiters sort through qualified candidates faster during this crucial hiring period and get positions filled as quickly as possible.
Consider temporary staffing
While some HCPs might not be willing to make a permanent move during the pandemic, some are willing to step up to the plate and take on additional temporary work as healthcare facilities scramble to replace those who have come into contact with infected patients. Healthcare staffing firms are reporting surges in temporary healthcare job postings as high as 66% week over week during the crisis, which is why it’s a good idea to consider skilled temp workers to meet the current demand.
Don’t rule out non-active job seekers
Even though 86% of physicians aren’t actively looking for a new position doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t be open to changing jobs. The governor of Illinois asked retired doctors and nurses to rejoin the workforce calling on the need for “reinforcements” and declaring medical professions as “hero’s work.” New York saw a similar influx of 1,000 retired medical professionals joining the Medical Reserve Corps in just 24 hours.
HCP Navigator, a HealthLink Dimensions company, also saw a similar trend with one of our clients. We recently worked with one of the largest hospital systems in New York City at the epicenter of the pandemic by integrating our RMS Platform to call upon former and retired doctors and RNs to return to work using a simple, fast application process. The hospital received 24 applications in just one day—that’s one application every hour at that facility alone!
Get in touch
As a healthcare recruiter, your role in filling valuable positions that are helping combat COVID-19 has never been more important. If you would like to learn about how HCP Navigator, a HealthLink Dimensions company, can help manage your time and get the right healthcare positions filled, contact us to request a demo!