When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, the need for healthcare professionals skyrocketed, underscoring a nationwide problem that was already underway – a critical nursing shortage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow roughly 7 percent through 2029. This increasing demand, coupled with a mass exodus of nurses leaving the workforce, will likely make the already difficult hiring process even more of a headache for healthcare organizations. That’s where healthcare staffing agencies can help.

Who benefits from using a healthcare staffing agency?

A staffing agency can benefit any type of healthcare-related facility, corporation or system. Some examples include hospitals, mental health facilities, hospice/home health companies, and quick care facilities.  Agencies can also be hugely beneficial for state and local governments. In the event of a natural disaster or state of emergency (i.e. the COVID-19 pandemic), there is often a sudden, urgent need for additional healthcare professionals. Healthcare staffing agencies are experienced in working with state disaster relief and emergency management groups to quickly assist the general public at a large scale. Overall, staffing agencies provide organizations with the ease and flexibility of hiring additional healthcare workers on an as-needed or temporary basis.

What are the advantages of using an agency?

1. Prevent sudden staff shortages or unfilled positions.

Unfilled positions and staff shortages can have detrimental effects on a healthcare organization, from overworked employees and frustrated patients, to the inability to adequately meet community needs. But it’s impossible to anticipate and plan for every unexpected event (i.e. a global pandemic or census increases) or staff change (i.e. FMLA leave and maternity leave). Using a staffing agency is a quick, convenient way to fill temporary positions.

2. Save time finding and interviewing qualified candidates. 

When unexpected needs arise, the last thing an organization should have to worry about is staffing for those needs. Sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates can require significant time and energy and pull you away from addressing higher-level priorities. Healthcare staffing agencies source, screen and interview candidates to find the most qualified candidates for your company’s needs. Most staffing agencies also have a large database of candidates, which is very beneficial especially if the need is urgent. Instead of starting at the beginning of the hiring process, a staffing agency utilizes their database to immediately provide qualified candidates that are tailored to an organization’s needs.

3. Outsource the headache of payroll, and credentialing and management issues.

Beyond finding qualified candidates, most healthcare staffing agencies assist with managing their staff. The credentialing department of a staffing agency facilitates the entire hiring process, including making sure all credentials are in place, to decrease the burden on the organization. Additionally, staffing agencies can help with timecards, invoicing, customer service issues, payroll and more, so that you don’t have to! Without the burden of handling staff payroll and benefits, healthcare facilities have more time to focus on delivering effective care.

4. Access a pool of travel health professionals to fill temporary positions. 

Healthcare staffing agencies have relationships with traveling healthcare professionals. Given the nationwide nursing shortage, it’s becoming more difficult to quickly fill nursing positions in certain parts of the country. With a staffing agency’s help, you aren’t limited to finding nurses in your organization’s immediate location. Access their network of travel nurses and allied health professionals to quickly staff open positions.

Interested in working with Maxim Healthcare Staffing? Find out if your organization could benefit from working with us.