How does a nurse staffing agency work?
How does a nurse staffing agency work?
A nurse staffing agency, also known as a nurse temp agency, can help bridge the gap for professionals stuck between jobs or for health facilities that require nurses but are having difficulties finding the right and qualified nurses. A nurse temp agency has a pool of workers with a range of skills at its disposal. The process of hiring becomes convenient for both the business as well as the employee because the nurse staffing agency handles the work, procedures and the paperwork.
How do nurse staffing agencies find jobs?
When health facilities have open positions and don’t have the resources or time to recruit and employ nurses on a full-time basis, they tend to turn to nurse staffing agencies to help them fill these jobs. Nurse staffing agencies often have nurses for each type of work so the nurse may work with one or multiple health facilities as and at when they require the services.
Once a nurse staffing agency is notified by a health care facility about an opening, the agency finds the right candidate for the job from among the pool. The process has 3 basic steps:
Job Posting: If the nurse staffing agency does not have the right person for the nursing position on record, it can advertise the opening in the places where they can find nurse job seekers. As BestOption, we post all our jobs on our website.
Application: The application process takes over from the job posting. BestOption Medical Staffing Agency, or any other agency, will then receive the nurse applications. The process of hiring is similar to that of any employer. As a staffing agency, we will only approve a nurse to take up the task if they meet the requirements of the employer who happens to be a health facility or individuals in our case.
Hiring: The third and crucial part is the hiring process. As a nurse, if you qualify, our staff will hire you for the job on behalf of the health facility. You will receive an email that notifies you as soon as the application is approved. Your paycheck and benefits (if stated) will be issued by the nurse staffing agency. The length of the job is determined by the employer (health facility.)
Below are tips to help health facilities/individuals optimize the hiring experience.
1. Use a specialized nurse staffing agency
Turning the hiring process to a professional nurse staffing agency, always make sure the agency has the right people for the jobs you advertise. Generalist or non-specialized nurse staffing agencies work with a huge pool of candidates so finding the particular nurses required with the exact same qualifications and skills you require can be challenging and may take longer than using an agency that’s focused on your fields.
Additionally, specialized nurse agencies have a better grasp of the candidate marketplace in your areas of interest, and can, therefore, evaluate candidates’ skills and experience. Getting the perfect match on the first try saves you money and time.
2. Communication is essential if not critical
Speak with your staffing agency directly and let them understand your staffing requirements as well as the length of time for which you require nurses.
3. Follow up with the nurse staffing agency
Once the nurse completes the job, you can provide feedback about the nurse to the agency. This helps with future talent searches. Notify the agency in case there is a problem that requires their attention. Pointing out the specific areas of the nurse that stood out will also be helpful to the agency in the future.
4. Weigh costs vs fees
For you, the individual or health facility, there will be fees associated with using a nurse staffing agency. However, the overall costs will be a net saving for you should you go with the right nurse staffing agency. Finding qualified, skilled nurses can be costly and time-consuming especially if you are hiring on a temp basis. Turning over this process to a specialized nurse staffing agency will save you the time and costs involved. Additionally, the most reputable nurse staffing agencies are likely to offer satisfaction guarantees. Therefore, if you aren’t happy with the temporary nurse, the agency will find a solution or issue a replacement as the case may be.