In 2020 we are witness to the most serious global disease outbreak since SARS in 2002-2003: coronavirus, or more accurately COVID-19.
While SARS had a higher mortality rate than COVID-19 – almost 10% compared to 3.4% at the time of writing – this year’s virus appears to be more easily spread, with 10x the amount of cases already reported.
While these facts are certainly cause for concern, those in the health and medical fields are responsible for both containing the disease and the associated panic. And organizations need help, in the form of capable workers, in order to accomplish this.
But finding help in the midst of such an outbreak can be challenging.
A strain on resources
It’s inevitable that an outbreak of disease will put a strain on resources, not just in the immediate area of the outbreak, but also in those areas not yet hit.
In some cases these resources aren’t health related. China, the country in which the COVID-19 outbreak originated, is in many ways the world’s factory, and with the transmission of the virus at the forefront of everyone’s mind, the supply of the planet’s goods and materials has been seriously impacted.
But it is those industries that are directly involved in the management, containment and treatment of the virus that are most heavily affected. And while the necessary health materials and equipment can fast become scarce, talent is where the greatest strain on resources is felt.
Health and medical organizations are in a predicament, if they are already on the hunt for new team members, the chances of securing top talent plummet, as these skilled workers are called upon to assist in an emergency response. Indeed, some of the organization’s current team may be asked to assist elsewhere, further exacerbating the talent shortfall. And finding themselves on the frontline, hospitals may only have days to find dozens of extra workers to cope with a sudden influx of cases.
While this place on the frontline means that hospitals understandably take precedence in such a situation, supplementary health providers, who are otherwise seen as equally important, can find themselves falling down the priority list in terms of talent allocation. Skilled nursing, home health providers, assisted living and hospice facilities can all see a drain on resources that is out of their control.
Health and medical organizations may not just be dealing with shortages of doctors, nurses and other skilled medical practitioners either. Health administrators bring just as valuable a skillset in emergency response situations, and demand for these professionals can therefore be just as high.
So how do health and medical organizations combat the challenges of finding workers during a global disease outbreak?
There’s one simple answer.
The role of a recruiter
Just as you want the most skilled health professionals to assist in managing, containing and treating a global outbreak of disease, so too do you want the most skilled staffing professionals to assist you in acquiring talent when it’s least available, but most needed.
The best recruiters are capable of identifying, attracting and securing top talent even when resources are scarce. They will understand the challenges of such a situation, however fleeting they may be, and have management strategies in place. They will be able to provide good workers at the drop of a hat, enabling health and medical organizations to focus on their vital work, rather than hunting for people to do it.
But only those with an intricate knowledge of the industry will provide such a service. It’s therefore vital that health and medical organizations look to a recruiter who specializes in their field; who brings a deep understanding of the talent market, and the challenges that a global health emergency brings.
Healthcare staffing professionals bring established networks, granting you access to workers that you wouldn’t otherwise have. The best will target passive candidates – those that aren’t on job boards, or even actively looking for a position. They will also understand the areas of greatest importance, and can even help to identify gaps in your organization that need to be filled.
And we at De Vore Recruiting are one such company.
How De Vore Recruiting can help
At De Vore Recruiting we specialize in providing direct hire talent to the health and medical industry. We target passive candidates, granting you access to professionals that you won’t find anywhere else. We also have a deep understanding of the health and medical industry, and can assist you in finding the right professionals to get you through trying times, including:
- Physicians and Physician Assistants
- Nurses and Directors of Nursing
- Hospital Technicians
- Medical Administrators
- Occupational and Physical Therapists
- Behavioral Analysts
- Clinical Laboratory Scientists
- Nursing Administrators
- MDS Coordinators
- …and many more
There’s no doubt that COVID-19 represents a great challenge for the medical field, and containing the disease and treating those affected will put a great strain on already limited talent resources. But by partnering with the right recruiter and with the right healthcare recruiting, you can ensure that your organization makes it through the current outbreak far more comfortably than the rest.
Contact Sean today to discuss how you can continue to find and attract the best talent in such a challenging climate.