Announcing Our New Clinician Support Program

We know that the last few years have caused unprecedented burden and stress on healthcare workers in America, even to the point of driving some out of the profession. At Ingenovis Health, parent company of HealthCare Support, we are committed to being part of the solution to keep clinicians in the field.

In response to this national healthcare crisis, we launched the Ingenovis Health ACT program to raise our level of care for clinicians and healthcare providers.

What Is the Ingenovis Health ACT Program?

The ACT program (Advocacy, Career, and Tools) is a commitment to providing you with the tools and resources you need to grow, thrive, and advance in your career. It was developed with insights from frontline healthcare workers and is designed to support the emotional well-being and career advancement of our clinicians, as you continue to go to the frontlines for patients.

Why Should You Take Advantage of the ACT Program?

Why? Because you can’t pour from an empty cup.

We have already launched some new benefits for our clinicians, but today is just Day 1. Over time, you will see ongoing development of tools and resources that will better prepare you for and support you in your current job, as well as helping you advance to the next level in your career, or even take breaks when needed.

With your input, we will continue to expand benefits over time, always with the intent to offer comprehensive mental health and well-being resources, career advancement tools and opportunities, and more.

You can learn more about the ACT program here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Nurse Pay

As healthcare professionals who work in short-term roles in facilities all across the country, travel nurses have the potential to earn high salaries wherever they go. If you’re looking to fill a role in areas that need extra nursing support, take a look at what will go into your travel nurse pay.

What Makes Up A Travel Nurse Salary? 

When non-taxable reimbursements are factored into earnings, travel nurses have the potential to earn more than nurses in a permanent position. However, the amount of money you earn is dependent on your individual situation. The following often factors into your paycheck: 

  • Schedule – If you take on many shifts, work overtime, and are available on call or come in on holidays, you can earn more money. 
  • Specialty – Certain specialties typically pay more than others. For example, ICU travel nurses can make more than medical surge travel nurses.
  • Location – Facilities in northern states tend to pay more in the winter months to incentivise more applicants. In contrast, facilities usually pay less in highly sought after cities, such as New York or Miami, to level out the competition of a larger applicant pool. If you’re open to temporarily living in a small town, you may end up earning more. 
  • Demand – If a new unit opens or if there’s an increase in demand, those positions will offer a higher compensation. 

How Do Travel Nurses Get Paid? 

Salaries aren’t the only way travel nurses build their income. When you’re on assignment, you can anticipate receiving stipends for housing, meals, and travel costs. Travel nurses will usually get these payments through direct deposits. However, those payments, and how often they come through to your account, ultimately depend on your staffing agency. For example, your agency will work with your facility to determine if you get paid weekly or biweekly with or without the addition of your stipends.

Are Travel Nurse Agencies Necessary?

Travel nurse agencies take care of many financial responsibilities, including stipends, salary negotiation, and billing. While it’s possible to handle all of these tasks on your own as an independent contract travel nurse, keep in mind it’s an entire job in itself. It’s hectic enough for a travel nurse to balance assignments every 13 or so weeks. To make your job as a travel nurse easier, work with an agency that will support your financial goals.

Be a Well-Paid Travel Nurse With HealthCare Support

Whether you’re a first time travel nurse or a seasoned one, working with a recruiter that cares about you and your goals can make your next assignment the best one yet. 

HealthCare Support is a national staffing resource that supports the professional, personal and financial goals of passionate healthcare professionals. We’ll help you throughout the placement process and advocate for your financial wants and needs. With compassionate guidance and highly responsive support, our dedicated team can help you get the compensation you deserve. 

To connect with our team, please give us a call at 888-219-6285.

Recognizing Healthcare Innovators This Black History Month

There are many great ways to celebrate and recognize Black History Month this February. Educating yourself is a foundational step to honoring those who have made a significant impact in our history and in the healthcare industry. From developing vaccines to fighting for health equity, Black healthcare professionals fought prejudice and injustice to change the health and wellness space. 

Here are four inspiring individuals who changed the course of healthcare and race relations in the United States. 

Mae Carol Jemison, Physician, Engineer and First Black Woman in Space 

Before becoming the first Black woman in space, Mae Carol Jemison helped people all over the world as a medical officer in the Peace Corps. With her engineering background, she also formed the Jemison Group, an telecommunication organization that improves healthcare delivery all over the world. Today, Jemison is committed to her work at the BioSentient Corporation. As president and CEO, she oversees the medical device company as it designs equipment that monitors the autonomic nervous system. 

Mary Eliza Mahoney, First Black Licensed Nurse and Women’s Rights Advocate

In 1878, Mary Elizabeth Mahoney earned her nursing degree at one of the first nursing schools in the United States. She became a private nurse for families where she found it was easier to care for the needs of her patients without overwhelming discrimination. Throughout her nursing career, she also championed women’s rights and was one of the first women to sign up to vote in Boston after the 19th Amendment was ratified. 

Dr. Jane Cooke Wright, Surgeon and Cancer Researcher 

The daughter of one of the first Black graduates of Harvard Medical School (Dr. Louis Wright), Dr. Jane Cooke worked alongside her father at the Cancer Research Foundation in Harlem after earning her medical degree. When her father passed, Dr. Jane Cooke Wright took the lead at the Foundation and continued her father’s research. Her findings helped transform cancer treatment by discovering how chemotherapy can be a viable treatment instead of a last resort. 

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Scientific Lead of the Coronavirus Team

Dr. Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett was a lead researcher in the COVID-19 vaccine development at the National Institute of Health’s Vaccine Research Center. Her research on spike proteins and mRNA encoding was foundational for creating the COVID-19 vaccines, including Moderna. Years of research led her and her colleague Barney Graham to design the basic structure of the lifesaving vaccine in just one weekend.

Additionally, to combat the historical hesitations Black communities have had on medical practices, Corbett worked to build trust by addressing the community’s concerns and increasing education on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. On top of being an advocate for health education, she also advocates for more diversity in her field, and we do too. 

Honoring Our Industry’s Past By Helping Shape Its Future

We understand how crucial it is for people from all backgrounds to take care of others everywhere. That’s a big part of why our talent pool is so diverse. HealthCare Support is a national staffing resource that supports the professional, personal and financial goals of passionate healthcare professionals and places them in roles they’ll thrive in. With compassionate guidance and highly responsive support, our dedicated team helps healthcare workers take steps towards growing in their career.

To connect with our team, please give us a call at 888-219-6285. 

4 Tips for Finding and Hiring Top Healthcare Talent

 

Finding and hiring top healthcare talent is your main priority — and your biggest challenge. Here are four tips to help you overcome healthcare recruiting hurdles and fill every opening at your facility with the right candidates.

Work on Your Job Descriptions

Job descriptions aren’t just a place to list the must-have qualifications you want to see in applicants. If you truly want to appeal to top talent, start looking at these descriptions as an opportunity to make your healthcare facility stand out. On top of detailing the experience, skills, and education a candidate must possess, explain some of the perks they’ll access when working for your medical center, such as:

  • Insurance benefits
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement planning

Find the Right Place to Post Jobs

Pay careful attention to the job boards you use, because the places you post your job openings matter just as much as the effort you put into writing the descriptions for them. Along with the popular job search engines that any company can access, consider posting on websites exclusive to the healthcare industry. This will guarantee that your listings appear in front of even more clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals.

Nurture Your Company Culture

If your facility struggles with employee attrition, you’ll have a hard time not only finding top talent but also retaining it. To make your medical center stand out to well-qualified applicants, establish and nurture a company culture that they’d want to be a part of. You can start by surveying your current staff, getting an idea of where your facility excels and where it could improve, and implementing actionable changes as soon as possible.

Partner With a Healthcare Recruiter

Finding top healthcare talent is a multi-layer process. Without the time and resources available to put in extra effort every step of the way, your healthcare facility will have a much harder time attracting the best candidates. That’s why more and more medical centers are partnering with healthcare recruiters that know where to find the perfect fit — every time.

At HealthCare Support, we specialize in placing healthcare professionals in both clinical and non-clinical roles across all 50 states. From administrative openings to executive-level positions, our healthcare recruiters quickly and effectively find, screen, and recommend top talent. And once we find the perfect match to fill your position, we continue to monitor their progress and offer continual support. To learn more about our search process, contact HealthCare Support today at 407-478-0332.

The Role of Social Media in Healthcare Recruiting

 

Social media is no longer a place reserved exclusively for personal photos and social updates; it’s now a digital platform for building networks and sharing information. That’s why more and more healthcare recruiters are leveraging these channels to search for job-seeking medical professionals. Let’s take a closer look at the role of social media in healthcare recruiting to understand how these digital networks can connect your medical facility with the right candidates.

 

Sharing Job Postings

Healthcare recruiters use websites like LinkedIn and Facebook to share job postings, which makes it easier for your private practice, clinic, or hospital to be seen by even more candidates. As they track down the right professionals to fill one position, for example, recruiters can post your other openings in healthcare groups or related online communities filled with qualified professionals.

 

Promoting Specific Positions

When there’s a shortage at your facility, social media is the perfect tool to turn to. Healthcare recruiters can put extra focus on specific positions by posting them more frequently and sharing them in more online spaces. And to reduce traffic from unqualified professionals, recruiters can list key details of a job position — such as location, work hours, and years of experience required — right within the text of a social media post. This tactic will make your job listings better stand out to skilled, relevant, and interested candidates.

 

Quickly Scanning Candidates

Social media websites assist recruiters in discovering more candidates than ever — faster than ever. Websites like LinkedIn allow users to share resumes, portfolios, and certifications right on their profiles. This makes it easy for recruiters to search through an applicant’s work history and education to quickly decide whether they’re fit to work at your facility. Furthermore, by filtering through social media channels to target applicants based on location, language, experience, and more, healthcare recruiters are less likely to waste time screening and interviewing the wrong candidates.

 

Social, Savvy Healthcare Recruiters

At HealthCare Support (HSS), we use the best job boards and the latest social media channels to track down healthcare professionals with the education and experience to match your jobs. Once we connect with candidates, we then use a multi-level screening process and conduct personalized skills assessment tests to decide which recommendations are best to run by your healthcare facility. To learn more about our team of healthcare recruiters and how we can use social media to staff your medical center, contact us today at 407-478-0332.

COVID-19 and the Future of Healthcare

 

Healthcare organizations continuously adopt new technologies and modify practices on their own. But in spite of the industry’s initiatives, no medical facility could have predicted the impact of COVID-19 and what it would reveal about the current state of medicine. While it’s unclear when the pandemic will ultimately pass, let’s take a look at how it might influence healthcare in the near future and far down the line.

Patients Leveraging Telemedicine

Social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home mandates will eventually lift, but telemedicine is predicted to remain as an empowering healthcare tool — especially for patients in rural areas with limited healthcare access. Although telehealth technology existed long before the onset of COVID-19, it’s expected that patients will leverage this healthcare tool more than ever as a result of the pandemic. For primary care specifically, telemedicine can virtually eliminate the need for most in-person visits through remote doctor access and prescription refills.

Facilities Prioritizing Preparation

Pandemic preparedness can take many forms — each of which requires preemptive planning. To prepare for the possibility of another pandemic, every healthcare facility should first start by mobilizing a task force dedicated to organizing and allocating resources. These types of preparedness committees must include disaster coordinators along with select members from each facility department. Similarly, hospitals and private practices may improve their pandemic preparedness by forming or joining coalitions to widen the scope of planning.

Employers Accommodating Professionals  

Growing the healthcare workforce has long been a priority for individual practices and healthcare groups. However, COVID-19 presents many organizations with the challenge of instead maintaining their workforce. As clinical workers face a higher risk of infection, healthcare facilities face a higher rate of turnover. Therefore, during and after the pandemic, it’s predicted that healthcare facilities will begin to offer more flexible solutions, amenities, and benefits to retain and protect medical staff, such as:

  • Access to new childcare programs
  • Improved training processes and practices
  • Medical daycare for family members

Your Long-Term Healthcare Partner

Change is imminent in the healthcare industry, which is why the team of healthcare recruiters at HealthCare Support wants now more than ever to make a difference. Our experienced staff is dedicated to closing talent gaps and filling voids across hospital networks and individual organizations. To learn more about our services, contact us today at 407-478-0332.

How to Save Your Healthcare Facility From the Growing Talent Gap

While there’s a constant influx of new talent entering the healthcare workforce, there’s an even larger outflow of existing talent leaving the industry. This poses a serious problem for medical facilities as they struggle to fill positions that are continuously opening within their practice. If your healthcare organization has a talent void to fill, take a look at the following practices that will help close the gap.

Carefully Fill Open Positions

Gaps can open up at every level, but the way you fill them will make a significant difference in the long run. For example, if a senior employee retires, you could either bring in an outside candidate to fill that role or promote an existing employee to fill it. If you decide to promote someone within your facility, you then have to consider who will fill the role left behind by that employee when they move up. To ensure that you hire a professional that can serve your facility and leave gaps filled long term, consider searching for younger talent. Younger employees have a longer professional timeline, which means they have more room to develop and grow within your organization.

Constantly Focus on Retention

A talent gap in your healthcare facility can force professionals in your understaffed workforce to work even harder than they already do. Until you’re able to put the right candidates in the right positions, you need to double down on employee retention practices. While employee satisfaction should always be a top priority, it becomes even more in-demand when your staff members are clocking in more hours, expelling more energy, and offering more effort. To prevent a gap from growing at your facility or stop your current one from widening, put stock in an employee retention program that includes bonuses like:

  • Wellness packages
  • Mentorship programs
  • Recognition perks
  • Team-building exercises
  • Performance reviews

Consistently Train Your Talent

Controlling the talent gap is easier when you’ve fully mobilized your staff. By placing more resources into training and empowering your employees, you can better prepare members of your own workforce to fill the most critical talent gaps. And by dedicating more time to continual staff training, you can better plan for the future needs of your facility, reduce the likelihood of under-staffing, and even prevent your organization from over-staffing.

Partner With a Recruiter That Knows Your Industry

At HealthCare Support, we’re dedicated to helping our partners fill any talent gaps in their facility. That’s why our team of experienced healthcare recruiters takes the time to understand the professional dynamic of your organization and the types of candidates that will make a perfect fit. Moreover, we’ll keep both your current and future needs in mind when selecting talent for you to interview. To learn more about how we can help you close the talent gap, contact us today at 407-478-0332.

Self-Care for HealthCare Workers During High Pressure Times

At times of intense pressure and uncertainty, self-care is more important than ever, nevertheless it is in the fundamental nature of healthcare professionals to prioritize the needs of others before their own. They have a keen interest in the wellbeing of humanity and deep-rooted ethics that often lead them to fully overlook their own needs. While self-care for healthcare workers can be complex, it is essential in maintaining effective healthcare services especially in times of virus outbreaks like COVID-19.

It is not uncommon for healthcare workers to find themselves juggling competing needs of their patients, families and their own. When little time is left for self-care, stress and anxieties can creep in. Having a strategy in place to manage stressors in high pressure times can make the difference. Here are our suggestions:

Pace Yourself

Set attainable goals and break it up. Your goal for each hour may be different than your goal for the day. The relentless pace and mounting tension providers have been faced with since cases of COVID-19 first started erupting earlier in the year will take their toll on even the best of the workforce. Remember it is a marathon, not a sprint.

Take a Break

Recognize the signs of burnout and take self-care breaks when you see them. Typical signs of burnout include work-related hopelessness and feelings of inefficacy or defeat. Dedicating 10 minutes to an activity that can improve your state of mind such as a few mindful breathes, a phone call to a loved one or a short walk can turn your day around and make you better able to care for others.

Maintain Good Health Habits

When there is little time for self-care its common to see healthy habits circumvented by quick and less beneficial habits. Be mindful of this and give your best effort to maintain your health by bringing balanced meals to work, creating time for exercise, limiting alcohol consumption, and getting enough sleep.

Though these are good strategies for managing well-being, self-care means different things to everyone. Make it a mission to find coping mechanisms that work for you and dedicate the time that’s needed to them. Even though it is in the nature of healthcare professionals to give their all, every day- it benefits us all for them to take care of themselves first.

“You cannot pour from an empty cup. You must fill your cup first.” Norm Kelly

4 Ways to Increase Productivity of Your Healthcare Team

Employee productivity is the cornerstone of a healthy healthcare facility. That’s why it’s important that your employees have adequate time to get through their daily tasks and that they make the most of every minute on the clock especially in times like now when our country is depending on our healthcare workers to care for those infected with the novel coronavirus. If your healthcare team needs a little help getting back into gear, take a look at these four ways to increase productivity.

Train Your Team on New Technology

Carving some time out to teach your healthcare team about new technology can work wonders for your facility’s productivity. For example, instead of having to print reports, spreadsheets, and schedules, your team can use a communications app that quickly streamlines the process. And if you want to learn what your employees think about the productivity of your facility, you can use such apps to distribute surveys and ask for feedback. Alongside a communications app, consider using project management software for administrative tasks or similar operations that you would like to improve. It is also important to cross-train employees as much as possible. Department efficiency is just as important as individual employee efficiency and during uncertain times like now, it is important to plan ahead with Plan B and Plan C should certain team members be unable to perform their typical roles.

Recognize Productivity with Rewards

When you want to see improvements in specific parts of your healthcare facility, incentives are a smart and effective tool to use. Of course, bonuses and other monetary rewards are a great way to encourage your healthcare team to step it up. But they aren’t the only way. If you don’t have quite enough room in your budget to offer up monthly, quarterly, or yearly bonuses to the most productive employees, consider recognizing them with other rewards, including:

  • Small gift cards for popular retailers like Amazon or Walmart
  • Employee of the Month awards & photo recognition
  • Shout outs on your facility’s social media pages and intranet
  • Gift baskets or goodie bags

Improve Your Employee Evaluations

If data is telling you that productivity is low, it might be because your employees aren’t aware of what they need to improve. By setting expectations through performance reviews and scheduled evaluations, you can encourage your staff to work harder, meet their goals, and have an impressive performance history. Furthermore, you can use employee evaluations to let your staff know when they aren’t meeting goals and redirect their attention with tips and tricks to do so.

Get Help from a Healthcare Recruiter

Having a productive healthcare facility requires effort from an employer just as much as the employees. That’s why it’s essential to not only do your part and equip your staff with the tools for success, but also ensure that your workforce is filled with the best. If you want to improve productivity on your healthcare team, put together the best group of workers with the recruiters at HealthCare Support. Our healthcare recruiter team will search for the right candidates, screen them until we find the best fits for your facility, and track their progress with our scorecard rating practice. To learn more, call us today at 407-478-0332.

Soft Skills to Look for When Hiring at Your Healthcare Facility

Out of the many qualities that make a great healthcare candidate — quality education, relevant experience, and strong letters of recommendation — soft skills are perhaps the most overlooked. While these can’t be measured, graded, or certified like other skills, soft skills are essential indicators of how well a candidate will fit in your facility and excel in their position.

Whether you have some current open positions to fill or are looking for ways to improve the operations of your facility in the future, these are the soft skills to look for in potential employees.

What Are Soft Skills?

Hard skills are the trained techniques and knowledge that candidates accumulate over the course of their schooling, internships, and entry-level jobs. Soft skills, however, are the personal characteristics that candidates can also apply to their job, including professionalism, critical thinking, and creativity. While hard skills are specific to the individual duties of each professional, soft skills are useful to employees in any position, and they help to determine the way that an applicant will interact with members, patients, and associates of your facility.

Which Soft Skills to Look for in Applicants

You need to know that the next person you hire can perform, but you also need to know that they can successfully collaborate with your other employees, adapt to the ever-changing needs of your patients, and manage their time accordingly. Therefore, the top soft skills to look for when screening candidates include:

  • Communication — Whether it’s with a patient, third-party provider, or member of the same department, your employees must always clearly and professionally communicate.
  • Adaptability — Every patient, treatment plan, and medical claim are different from the last, which is why healthcare professionals must be able to adapt as needed.
  • Patience — Hiccups and holdups happen all the time in healthcare, which is why your future employees must be patient enough to provide excellent service at all times.
  • Time management — In the healthcare industry, workloads change on a daily basis. Therefore, it’s imperative that your staff can prioritize their daily and weekly tasks accordingly.
  • Teamwork — Being able to effectively collaborate within and outside of their own department is critical to the success of any healthcare employee.

Where to Find the Right Candidates for the Job

If you want to find candidates with not only the right soft skills, but also the right experience, education, and technical expertise for the job, partner with HealthCare Support. Our team of healthcare recruiters will find top talent for your open positions based on a range of factors. We’ll also use personalized skills assessment testing, screen each candidate with a multi-level system, and measure their performance with quality assurance calls. When you’re ready track down the best talent, call us today at 407-478-0332.