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Being Strategic With Your Healthcare Staffing in 2015

The use of travel healthcare professionals has increasingly become commonplace. This trend is likely to continue into 2015 and beyond as hospitals and other facilities identify more and more roles that can be filled by travel nurses and allied health professionals.

How can using travel healthcare professionals help you make the most of your staffing budget and maintain optimal staffing levels?

Avoid Turnover

When you lose a full time professional, it can take a significant toll on your organization, including costs like the following:

  • Recruiting, advertising and placement
  • Training and education
  • Human resources administration costs
  • Overtime pressures on remaining staff
  • Lost productivity

All of which can mean a major hit to your limited staffing budget. Travel healthcare professionals work at your facility for only a prescribed length of time. You requisition them as you need them, so you never have to worry about over- or under-staffing.

Reduce Training Time

Travel healthcare workers arrive trained and ready to work from day one. You spend less time onboarding and training and more time optimizing patient care and your bottom line.

Access Specialized Skills

Travel professionals can provide skills for the period of time you require without adding to your permanent team. So if you only need additional orthopedic physician assistants during ski season, they won’t be on your summer payroll.

Staff For Busy Seasons

Is your facility in a location frequented by seniors in the winter? Are you situated near a university that has an influx of spring and fall student patients? Choose travel nurses and allied professionals for just the seasons when you need them.

Anticipate Healthcare Trends

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Healthcare and Social Assistance” will add 5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022 for total growth of 29.4 percent. “Home Healthcare Services” will rise 4.8 percent, “Outpatient, Laboratory and Other Ambulatory Care Services” are projected to be up 3.8 percent and “Nursing and Residential Care Facilities” 2.2 percent.

How will this impact the need travel professionals? Allied healthcare temporary staffing is expected to grow 7 percent in 2015 and locum tenens and travel nursing 8%. Take time now to identify areas where you can use travel professionals to keep up with demand.

Need help creating your 2015 healthcare staffing strategy? Let MedPro Staffing help! We specialize in providing travel nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other allied healthcare staff. To learn more, contact one of our recruiters today!