4 Ways to Close the Healthcare Skills Gap

4 Ways to Close the Healthcare Skills Gap
From Recruiter - September 19, 2016

According to a survey from PwC, 58 percent of CEOs worldwide fear that a persistent skills gap could hinder their organizations abilities to grow. Within the healthcare industry in particular, the skills gap hinders not only company growth objectives, but also an organizationsability to render superior patient care.

Furthermore, this gap shows no sign of narrowing soon, thanks in part to a shortage of nursing facultythat has forced colleges to turn away thousands of qualified nursing students.

So, how can a healthcare organizationfind the talent it needs under such conditions?

4 Strategies to Close the Healthcare Skills Gap

1.Hire Contingent Labor

Many organizations have begun to embrace the idea of engaging contingent labor as a method of evaluating potential employees prior tohiring any new healthcare talent.

At RightSourcing, we have observed this trend firsthand. In our own programs, health systems have increased conversions of contingent labor to full time employees by 34 percent. This increase in employee conversions suggests that healthcare organizations are finding value in contingent labor beyond engaging them for brief projects. By using contingent workas a screening method, health systems can find more qualified candidates despite the persistent skills gap in the industry.

2. Hire Early-Career Workers

In the coming years, the healthcare industry will need an additional 525,000 nurses to replace those who are reachingretirement age. Unfortunately,demand outpaces supply by two to one.


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