Hurricanes: How the Healthcare Industry is helping

History has been made in the US after having two Atlantic category 4 storms make landfall in the same year according to The Weather Channel. As Texas was still addressing the destruction left behind from Hurricane Harvey in late August, Floridians began scrambling in the beginning of September to prepare for Hurricane Irma’s arrival. Just 16 days after Hurricane Harvey roared into Rockport Texas, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Keys on the morning of September 10, 2017, continuing to destroy Florida into Monday morning, and then making its way to Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.

In Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, the State Department of Health requested medical care be on-site with a 250-bed Federal Medical Station organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Using its emPOWER tool, HHS was able to provide information to local public health officials regarding the needs of people who rely upon electricity dependent medical equipment ranging from electric wheelchairs to dialysis machines. HHS was also committed to supporting state and local agencies in meeting healthcare needs preceding the storm by evacuating hospital patients to facilities away from impacted areas.

According to CNBC, healthcare companies are also assisting with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by donating money to various organizations to help those who were affected by the storm. Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, announced their $1 million donation to the American Red Cross and will match employee’s donations to the company’s employee assistance nonprofit organization, the HCA Hope Fund, up to $1 million. Aetna Inc., a diversified healthcare benefits company said they would contribute $100,000 to the American Red Cross, $100,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Houston, and $50,000 to Team Rubicon.

Nurse.org reported that hospitals in the Florida mainland would not be evacuated and hospital staff would remain at the facility, working alpha and bravo shifts during the storm. The alpha team works throughout the storm until the bravo team relieves them once the storm passes. Often, healthcare staff are forced to stay at the facilities they are working because the relief shift cannot make it due to dangerous conditions outside. It isn’t uncommon for staff to sleep on floors and lobby couches and eat while standing up, but they make do with what they have because their first priority is always their patients.

McKesson Corporation, a well-known distributor of medications and medical surgical supplies, made sure they were prepared before, during, and after Hurricane Irma to meet customer and first responder needs. Because of their relationship with pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors, McKesson is exceptionally qualified to quickly meet the needs of healthcare organizations and first-responders during natural disasters.

HealthCare Support (HSS) is also doing their part by fundraising for AmeriCares, a non-profit disaster relief and global health organization that provides immediate response to emergency medical needs for people in the United States and around the world.  In two weeks HSS employees pulled together $1,515 for the charity.  The money will be used to provide medical care and medicine to those who were affected most by Hurricane Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Virgin Islands, Dominica, Barbuda, and many others. For every $10 donation Americares is able to provide $200 in aid.

From medical staff taking care of patients in hospitals to companies taking supportive actions such as waiving preauthorization for new and existing medical pharmacy treatments and allowing early prescription refills, healthcare staff are making sure to do what they can to help prepare for hurricanes and assist those that have been affected by the storms.

6 Questions Often Asked In Interviews for Healthcare Jobs

After you have submitted your resume with an included cover letter for the healthcare job you want, you get a call back to come in and interview. Congratulations! Make sure you’re prepared to the best of your ability for your meeting by preparing yourself to answer questions often asked in interviews for healthcare jobs. You’ll be ready to deliver your answers with confidence and increase your chances of landing that position.

Why do you want to work in this industry? Don’t tell a potential future employer that you just like to work in the healthcare industry. Focus on your job history within the particular industry and then tie in a success story, if possible. An example would be what you have done in a previous job to help improve the practice. Maybe you worked with upper management to help increase patient satisfaction rates in your clinic by 30% and feel gratified because you work in an industry you feel passionate about.

How do you handle stressful situations? Working in healthcare can be stressful, so it is important to make it known that you can handle these situations as they arise. Avoid sharing a story about how you were stressed because you waited too long to finish a school project. Instead, explain a time at work when you were given a difficult task or multiple assignments that needed a lot of attention, and not only did you complete the tasks, but you finished them before they were due.

What is your greatest weakness? This is one of the most popular questions interviewers ask. It’s also one of the most difficult to answer. You don’t want to present yourself negatively by saying a weakness of yours is working too hard. Discuss skills you have improved on while also taking an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive. You could say that being organized wasn’t always your strongest suit, but you implemented a time management system that helped improve your organizational skills.

What are your healthcare career goals? Employers want to know that you are ambitious. It’s a significant investment to hire a new employee and companies want to avoid spending time training someone who is only planning on being with their business for six months before heading abroad to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you love the field you’re in, let them know you would like to move up by increasing your on-the-job experience, and eventually earning a leadership role or even becoming head of your department in the future.

Why should we hire you? This is your chance to show why you stand out from everyone else. Don’t just explain how you’re more qualified than the other candidates or that you need a job. Explain why you would make a good employee, what you can offer, and why you would be a good fit for their company. Keep your response brief making sure to highlight previous achievements.

Do you have any questions for me? Instead of replying, “No, I think that’s everything.” Be prepared to ask some questions. This will show you want to learn as much as possible by having done some research before going into the interview. Try and ask questions that focus on you joining their team such as, “if I get the job, how soon can I start?” Try not to ask more than three or four questions, but remember to ask about the next steps to take going forward or when you may hear back from them.

Additional Tips to Consider

Other interview tips to keep in mind include:

  • Dressing for your interview accordingly to fit with the organization and its culture.
  • Arriving on time, relaxed and prepared.
  • Making a good first impression by being authentic, upbeat, focused, confident, and concise.
  • Remember your body language is just important as your speech so make sure you smile, keep eye contact, listen, and respond.

At the end of the interview, sell yourself and close the deal. Thank the interviewer(s) in person and then by phone or email. Following up may not land you the job, but it will certainly give you an advantage and remind the employer how interested you are in the position and how much you enjoyed speaking with them.

HealthCare Support (HSS) has over a decade of experience in healthcare recruitment committed to helping candidates throughout their professional journey. Our recruiters are healthcare specialists and provide tailored coaching and preparation before each interview. Stay up-to-date on our available opportunities when you join the HealthCare Support Talent Network today! To HSS, we don’t just want to find you a job; it’s our passion to find the perfect match for you.

Counter Offers; Are They Worth It?

Counter Offers; Are They Worth It?It’s time for you to advance your career, and you’re ready to find a new job. Everything is set, and you notify your current employer of your move, but they don’t want you leaving. So instead, they present you with a counter offer. Do you take it?

What to Consider

There are reasons to argue for staying at your current job, but many would agree that moving on to a new position in a new company is the better option. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to accept a counter offer from your employer.

  • You can potentially ruin the relationship between you and your employer if you choose to stay with your company after your boss finds out that you attempted to switch jobs. Your loyalty may be questioned, and if cutbacks happen or promotions are in order, your actions will not be forgotten.
  • Keep in mind the reason they may be trying to get you to stay or why a pay rise only came when you threatened to leave. Did your higher-ups not realize your worth as an employee, or are they only trying to keep you around until they figure out if they actually need you or not?
  • While an employee should never be looked down on for trying to advance their career, your employer and co-workers may, unfortunately, view you differently after they learn you sought to leave. Don’t forget that if you decided to leave in the first place because you were unhappy with your work environment, those factors would still be around if you accept a counter offer; are they worth the pay raise?
  • Consider the company you almost worked for if you do take the counter offer. They were undoubtedly preparing for your arrival. By declining them at the last minute, your opportunity of working for them in the future may be effected, in the long run, stunting your career growth.

Find the Perfect Fit

If you are unhappy with your current job, or just looking to broaden your horizons, partner with the experts at HealthCare Support. Our Recruiting Consultants are trained to help you find the perfect job opening. For more information, call us today at 888-219-6285.

Will a Staffing Agency Really Help Me Find a Job?

Anyone who has used a staffing agency in the past knows how helpful they can be, especially when job demand is high, but the jobs themselves aren’t plentiful. So what, exactly, can a staffing firm like HealthCare Support do to help you?

The first step to joining the HealthCare Support community is to join our Talent Network or apply directly to a job opening listed on our website, a job board or even social media. Either of these steps will put your resume into our database of candidates and connect your with a Recruiting Consultant. If your skills match up with the job you applied to you will be contacted by the recruiter. If not, your resume will stay in our database and come up in any searches completed by our team of recruiters that match your skills and desires. By joining our Talent Network you will also receive emails every time an opportunity you’d be a fit for opens near you.

How We Match You

Once we find a match for you your resume is submitted to our client for a Hiring Manager to review. If an interview is requested we will be your wingman. Whether you’re a seasoned interviewer or you’re interviewing for the first time in 10 years, we’ll be right there with you, guiding you through creating your professional resume, acing your interview and negotiating your new salary. No matter where you get hired, we’ll only be a phone call away and if the time comes for you to pursue a new career path, we’ll be right at your side again.

To begin your partnership with us, join our Talent Network or apply to one of our current openings today.

5 Jobs in Healthcare to Consider

Jobs in the healthcare field aren’t going away, as people will always need medical attention. But some jobs seem to be growing more than others. We’ve put together a list of the top five jobs in healthcare, their average salaries, and how much they are expected to grow within the next ten years.

  1. Physician Assistant- At an average $97,280 a year, PAs not only earn their keep, but their demand continues to grow, at 30% over the next decade to be exact. PAs do just about the same things as General Practitioners such as diagnosis, surgeries, and injection, bit they are required to be supervised by a licensed physician or surgeon.
  2. Nurse Practitioner- With at 35% growth rate, nurse practitioners have the fastest growing positions in the health care industry. If you are an RN, you can become an NP with just a little more education. An NP’s typical duties involve noting patient’s history, ordering labs, and prescribing medicine.
  3. OB Sonographer – The health and care of a mother’s baby while in the womb is one of the most important things to her, which is why OB Sonographers have a starting salary of about $65,000. As an OB Sonographer, you can expect to perform around eight to ten exams a day which includes operating ultrasound equipment, explaining specifics of the imaging to patients, and observing the weight of the fetus.  
  4. Pharmacist- With an average annual salary of around $112,000 pharmacists earn their keep. Daily tasks that involve interpreting prescriptions, overseeing Drug-drug, drug-allergy, and high dose medications, routing prescriptions to appropriate personnel, and so much more, mean that you’ll never have a dull moment.
  5. Phlebotomist- If you get queasy easily, this may not be the right job for you. As a phlebotomist, your main tasks each day will be to collect samples of urine and blood, so candidates for this position need to be comfortable with needles. You’ll also have to be able to best determine how to extract the blood from a patient, especially ones with thin or spotty veins, all while making sure the patient is experiencing a minimal amount of discomfort. Phlebotomists can make anywhere from $10 to $12 an hour, averaging around $23,000 a year.

Partner with Us

If you are looking for a job in the healthcare industry, or even seeking to advance your current career, HealthCare Support can help. With resources like interview tips and job openings, finding a job in healthcare has never been easier. We take the top talent in the industry and pair them with the best jobs in their area to make lasting relationships. To learn more, or to take advantage of all our vast resources, join our Talent Network.

4 Tips for a New LPN in an LTC Facility

No matter how well prepared you feel after graduating from nursing school, starting a new job as a Licensed Practical Nurse can be scary and overwhelming, especially when you’re starting at a long-term care facility. To quickly become accustomed to your new job, we’ve put together a list of the top four tips from nurses in the field on how to stay calm and organized while you acclimate to your new patients and facility.

  • Make a List. Each patient you will encounter is unique, and therefore has their own way of doing things If they are a regular patient of yours, write down their name and a list of the meds they take and how they take Do they need the pills to be crushed? Are they taken with certain beverages? Doing this will prevent you from running back and forth, saving you valuable time.
  • Be Patient. Speed comes with time. Don’t set your expectations so high, especially when you are first starting out, or else you’ll get discouraged too easily. Take your time with things, so you do them right, and keep a cool head. Eventually, your daily routines will become muscle memory, and the rate at which you get them done will never be an issue.
  • Ask Questions. And be open to criticism. If you encounter older or more experienced LPNs willing to give you advice; listen to them. They know the ropes of your new facility, and will often be able to give you specific tricks and tips on how to handle the most difficult patients or co-workers.
  • If You’re Working with CNAs, Respect Them. As the ones who get down and dirty, certified nursing assistance are often undervalued. Treat them with respect, even if they do not live up to your expectations, and your whole facility will run smoother. If you notice they have forgotten to turn, bathe, or give proper assistance to a patient, gently remind them. They’ll be grateful you cared enough to tell

How We’ll Help

If you’re fresh out of school or just looking for a new job in the healthcare industry, HealthCare Support can help you. Search for jobs, join our network, or check out some of the resources we have available tailored just for you. With the ever-changing demands of the healthcare industry, you’ll need someone like us on your side. For more information, give us a call today at 888-219-6285.

When is the Best Time for an Interview?

When it comes to interviewing for a dream job, a lot of the responsibility rests on you to make a good impression. However, knowing what to wear or how to prepare can only get you so far in some cases. A lot also depends upon how your interviewer is feeling. One way to ensure that the person conducting your interview is attentive and open, is to schedule your meeting at a specific time. Here are some tips on how to decide what time would be best to set up an interview with a particular company.

  1. Try to avoid Fridays. Unless suggested by the hiring manager, Fridays are normally not good days to hold an interview. The office will either be winding down from the past week or thinking about their weekend plans. Either way, interviewing on a Friday may result in a distracted interviewer. Opt for one of the ‘hump days’ in the middle of the work week when the interviewer will be more focused and grounded in their work.
  2. Don’t let them go hungry. Some say the best time for an interview is around 10:30, when the day is still fresh, but it isn’t too close to lunch. Avoid dealing with a hungry interviewer by either scheduling your meeting well before lunch, or a little bit after lunch.
  3. The early bird gets the worm. In situations where the company you’re interviewing for needs to make a decision quickly, you always want to be their first option. Find out how soon they are looking to fill the position, or if they sound frantic about it. If so, take the soonest available slot they have open. Almost always, when a company needs a quick hire and there is not much to be deliberated, they’ll go with their first option.

The Time is Now

The interviewing process is delicate, and timing is everything. We at HealthCare Support understand that, which is why we’ve pulled together tools to help you find jobs that are a good fit for you in the healthcare industry. We also provide you with resources to help you nail any interviews you schedule. Now is the time for you to get that job you’ve always wanted, and we can help. To learn more, give us a call at 888-219-6285.

Dressing for Interview Success

Something that many people struggle with is figuring out exactly what to wear for an interview. What you wear helps form that important first impression and creates an image of the type of person you are. There may not be a direct correlation between the length of your tie and the length of the qualifications on your resume, but attention to your attire can tell an interviewer a lot about the type of professional you are, as well as your level of interest and dedication in landing the position.

Many make the mistake of “dressing down” for positions with little or no dress code to match the office culture. While this may seem logical at first let us remind you, you get one chance to make a first impression and you still want to project that you are a professional who is extremely dedicated in securing this position. Take your decision on what to wear to your interview very seriously, and your interviewer will likely assume you will take your job very seriously. Always consider that an interview is your time to put your best foot forward and project the “best version of yourself”; you can’t be too polished and poised when your dream job is on the line.

Check out our list of attire tips listed below:

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Pant suit, skirt suit or dress (navy, black or dark grey)
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Tips for Everyone:

  • Make sure your clothing is clean and wrinkle-free
  • Pick your interview outfit the day before so there is no chance of running late because of wardrobe malfunction.

Must-Haves for Your Healthcare Resume

Few people enjoy writing and updating resumes. Fortunately for those in the healthcare field, you have an advantage over others. Job requirements tend to be more clearly defined in healthcare positions, which should make writing a resume easier and more enjoyable. Here are some things that any applicant in the healthcare field should have on their resume.

Credentials – Be sure to include very specific information about any degrees, licensing, certifications, or specialized training and experience. This is a common area that employers use to narrow down a field of candidates.

Previous Employment –  The last 10 years of experience is what we look for. We like to see the month and year you started and left each position along with at least 3 bullet points describing your responsibilities in that role. Bullet points are a great tool to make a well -constructed resume that’s eye catching and easy to read.

A Demonstration of Responsibility – While it’s great to note on your resume that you held a leadership role at your last place of employment, you should get even more specific than that. Include the number of people that were under your supervision and any significant achievements. Recruiters and hiring managers love this type of information.

Applicable Skills – Especially if your previous employment was in a different industry, you need to make sure a prospective employer recognizes the value of your experience. The best way to do this is to highlight any skills you used in your previous position that would benefit you in a new one.

Contact Information – What good is the perfect resume if an employer can’t get ahold of you? Make it easy for them by including your full name, full address, applicable phone numbers, and a professional email address.

Including this information on your resume will help you stand out amongst your peers. Don’t underestimate the power of a well-constructed resume – it truly is invaluable in your search for employment.

3 Tips for Networking

You’ve probably heard someone tell you that you need to network to land the right job in healthcare– it’s true. Networking can help you find the right position – or at the very least, help you to get your foot in the right door! But how do you network and where do you start? Use these tips to help optimize your connections!

  1. Shake hands online and in person

Job fairs are a great place to start, but you can also make connections from the comfort of your home by networking online. Joining groups on LinkedIn is a great place to start. Once logged in to LinkedIn start typing keywords in the search field. You’ll see a drop down list that includes “Groups” you can join and “Companies” you can follow. From there you can directly connect with industry experts or higher-ups in companies that you’d be interested in working for.

  1. Pay attention and take notes

A great secret to networking is taking notes. Pay attention to the people you meet at job fairs and write down key details about them. Use the introduction as an opportunity to find out more about the healthcare jobs they offer and their interviewing process. When you send a follow up email include a brief note including details of your conversation to help differentiate you from thousands of other resumes.

  1. Volunteer and make connections

An excellent way to spearhead your networking in the healthcare industry is to volunteer. Whether it’s a few hours a week or a full day every month, the connections you’ll make and the knowledge you’ll acquire is priceless.