Working with a skeleton crew isn’t good for anyone. Your healthcare staff will need to pick up the slack, which can lead to decreased morale and low productivity. This can cause mistakes, so patient care could suffer. And this isn’t good for your facility’s reputation or your profits.
But there is an easy solution that can help you quickly supplement your staff until you can find and place additional full-time workers. The answer? Hire travel staff. Here’s why.
The benefits of travel workers
Travel healthcare workers can help you fill short-term staffing holes. You’ll have a complete medical staff, so your full-timers won’t burn out from excess overtime hours. Travel workers also offer your facility the following advantages:
- Staff up quickly. Travel workers are good at what they do. They’re used to quick transitions, so they’re flexible and will be up-to-speed quickly with their new assignment. You can benefit from their adaptability through a short on-boarding period.
- Fill difficult positions. It can take time to fill certain healthcare positions. A travel worker can fill in temporarily—giving you the extra time you need to get the right full-timer in place.
- Save on staffing costs. A recent study from the University of Rochester School of Nursing found that hiring travel workers is more cost effective than paying overtime to your permanent staff. This is due, in part, to the fact that travel workers are employed by a staffing agency. Thus, you aren’t responsible for costs related to healthcare benefits, retirement or paid time off.
- Focus on running your facility. Employers can be stretched thin trying to complete the hiring process on top of everything else. When you hire travel workers, you generally work through a staffing agency. Your recruiter will handle as much or as little of the hiring process as you need, including job posting, interviewing, screening and even on-boarding.
Travel staff: a benefit to all
When you have a full medical staff, you’ll can preserve your full-time workers while providing your patients with the high-quality care they deserve. This is good for patient outcomes, and your facility’s bottom line.
Looking for a reputable staffing agency?
MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help. We work with medical facilities to place travel nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other allied healthcare workers. And we’ll work with you to understand your staffing needs, to help you round out your staff with just the right medical workers. To learn more, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today!