Staffing for assisted living care facilities in Georgia isn’t easy. You need to advertise open positions, run interviews, screen potential candidates, and onboard new employees. And sometimes you can’t even find enough applicants.
Why Is It So Hard to Hire Nurses?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the high demand for nurses will continue for the next ten years. This is due in part to aging Baby Boomers. In addition, A study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) predicts these nursing shortages will be most intense in the Southern and Western United States. In other words, staffing for assisted living care facilities in Georgia is going to be an ongoing challenge.
So… What Can You Do to Solve Your Staffing Shortages?
- Show Your Nurses HOW They Make a Difference
Yes. Your nurses already know their role is important, but it’s still a tough job. Especially in an assisted living care facility, your staff must regularly deal with patients who are confused, depressed, and even aggressive. This takes a toll, and at times, it feels thankless. Therefore, constantly highlight the ways your staff is making a difference. This may include breakthroughs with patients, letters from grateful families, and/or photos of everyday moments of compassion at your facility. Publicize these stories on bulletin boards, through company-wide announcements, and on your social media feeds. Also, feature them in your hiring materials. Giving the job meaning (beyond just another nursing position) will bolster both your recruiting and your retention programs.
- Offer Attractive Perks
Nurses at assisted living care facilities often make less money and work longer hours than their counterparts in hospitals and doctor’s offices. As a result, you’ll need to find other ways to make your roles look attractive. For example, you could offer higher rates for second and third shifts as well as overtime and holiday pay. A competitive benefits package is a strong selling point too. Some employees are willing to accept lower pay in exchange for comprehensive health insurance, tuition reimbursement, and/or flexible scheduling options.
- Partner with a Staffing Service
Sometimes despite your best efforts, your facility will still end up short-staffed. Fortunately, a medical employment agency can help you fill those gaps. Most staffing services will assist you with hiring everyone from permanent, full-time team members to temporary nurses for short-term coverage. Plus, agencies prescreen and train their nurses in advance. Thus, you’ll have the people you need on the floor within days NOT weeks or months.
Do You Need Help Staffing Your Assisted Living Care Facility in Georgia?
BOS Medical Staffing places RNs, LPNs, LVNs, and CNAs in Atlanta, Georgia, and beyond. Our recruiters will quickly connect you with skilled, credentialed, and fully vetted nurses. Make sure your patients continue to receive the best possible care, give BOS Medical a call today!