Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What to Look for in a Healthcare Staffing Firm

Whether you manage a hospital, nursing home, correctional facility, school, or business you may suddenly find yourself in need of healthcare staffing services. When you’re used to hiring through the traditional means of placing an ad, screening applicants, conducting rigorous interviews, checking references, and conducting criminal record checks, the idea of handing over the reins to a healthcare staffing company might seem daunting. In order to confidently seek the resources of a healthcare staffing firm, it’s important to know what you’re looking for.

When looking to outsource for nurse staffing services, look for a healthcare staffing firm that meets the following standards:

1. Reports to a national certifying board. Look for recognizable validation, like an endorsement by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission provides national quality assurance to healthcare staffing services, ensuring that a strict code of ethics is followed by both the healthcare staffing agency and the healthcare professionals employed.

2. What services does the company offer? A quality healthcare staffing agency will offer a wide variety of placements including travel, per diem, temporary, contract, and permanent.

3. How long has the company been in business? A brand new healthcare staffing firm could be just as reputable as a firm that’s been in business for twenty years; however, healthcare staffing agencies that have stood the test of time may be better able to handle unique staffing needs.

If you find yourself in need of a healthcare staffing service, take some time to research the company to make sure they provide a high quality of service, including nursing staff ready to provide top-notch patient care.

For more information on how Clinical One can help you with your staffing needs, visit our website at

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