Thought Leader Series: Locum Tenens Staffing Solutions For Assisted Living Administrators
Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for Assisted Living Center, an online resource for aging adults.
Assisted living facilities that employ full-time medical professionals face unique challenges of a fluctuating demand for qualified nurses and physicians.
Administrators who oversee the medical staffing needs of an assisted living community know that changes can happen quickly. The health of a few residents may decline rapidly causing an immediate need for additional medical professionals. Seniors in need of more intensive care transfer to a skilled nursing facility, move in with family, or pass away leaving a void where doctors and nurses are no longer needed.
Qualified staff is essential to maintaining senior residents’ health and well-being.
Managing The Changing Needs For Assisted Living Staffing
If you find hiring and managing staff to be one of the top challenges you face you are not alone. Finding employees who are a good fit for your community and the needs of your residents takes time you probably don’t have.
A study conducted by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) found that there is an average turn over rate of nearly 30% of nursing staff in senior communities. The level of time spent hiring, training, and managing staff can be cumbersome for administrators of assisted living communities of all sizes.
For years assisted living administrators have taken the more traditional, but time-consuming route.
- Advertising the position: After writing a lengthy description of the nurse practitioner or physician jobs, you then get to spend additional time and money buying a classified ad in a newspaper, on an online job board, or other means of advertising the job to as many people as possible, qualified or not.
- Interviewing candidates: Now that you’ve gathered what you believe is an adequate stack of resumes it’s time to weed out all the pretenders. If you’re lucky there will be three or four candidates that you can bring in for interviews.
- Hiring the “right” candidate: Now you’ve found the right person for the position, but is it still what you need? Are there more empty beds now than when you started looking for the right candidate weeks ago? Do you only need a part-time 1099 employee now, or do you need another full-time employee because additional residents have moved in?
This way can be frustrating and seem like it never ends. Thankfully there is a better way to find and hire the staff you need, as it’s needed, and it takes less time than traditional methods of medical staffing solutions.
What Is Locum Tenens?
Locum Tenens is the process by which professionals are matched to medical facilities as they are needed for temporary employment. Medical professionals can include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and licensed doctors, both general practice and specialists. Temporary healthcare recruiting is not a new concept, in fact, 25% of physicians polled in a study cited by the Becker Hospital Review stated that they had worked as a locum tenens physician.
The Value Of Locum Tenens For Assisted Living Communities
Administrators and executive directors of assisted living and other types of senior care facilities can take advantage of the flexibility medical staffing services can provide.
Do you currently have more senior residents than your community is accustomed to? Add a provider or two that can help keep your full-time staff from being over-worked and spread too thin. Has one of the older resident’s health declined recently and needs temporary care from a highly skilled doctor? A Locum Tenens recruiter can find the right specialist.
The process of hiring the right doctors and nurses can be streamlined with the help of medical staffing services.
How Locum Tenens Works
Since 1990, All Medical has been providing medical staffing solutions for facilities in need of qualified professionals. Our method has evolved and been streamlined to provide your assisted living community with the most efficient process possible.
1. Identifying your needs: One of our professionals will assess your requirements and organize the details of what is needed.
2. Agreement: Expectations will be outlined so the staffing partnership will be as successful as possible.
3. Finding Talent: Our team of healthcare recruiting professionals will search our network for the best fit.
4. Candidate Interviews: We will coordinate interviews with the candidates of your choice.
5. Selection: Once you choose which professional fits, All Medical will take care of the confirmation letter, start date, and other things needed to start employment.
6. Assistance With Credentials: Does your community require medical personnel to be credentialed? We will work with you and the provider to make sure all requirements are met quickly and smoothly.
The fluctuating needs of senior care communities are a perfect fit for locum tenens medical staffing solutions. Do you need help staffing your assisted living community with qualified medical providers? Contact All Medical Personnel to
schedule a consultation.