News from Altra Healthcare Staffing

Healthcare Staffing Trends for 2018


By Altra Healthcare - January 22, 2018

The life of a staffing agency professional is chock full of never ending to do lists. Keep in touch with current clients, reach out to new prospects, maintain and build relationships with candidates while finding new candidates, follow up emails, putting contracts in place... The list goes on and on. By the time we get a handle on the current staffing trends, new trends take over. 

2018 is no different. The best way healthcare staffing professionals can tackle the new trends is to be prepared and be knowledgeable of them. Here is a list of noteable 2018 healthcare staffing trends:
  • High churn rates due to low healthcare unemployment. The high demand for workers combined with the tight labor supply can increase the need for organizations to use temporary and temp-to-hire workers.
  • The shortage of healthcare professionals can mean that staffing firms may have diffuculty growing in 2018. Competition between agencies for qualified talent can be fierce.
  • Due to the short labor supply, workers will leverage larger salaries, which in turn, will mean higher revenues for staffing agencies from higher bill rates.
  • Political uncertainty in 2018 can lead to uncertainty for both healthcare organizations and staffing firms. Staffing firms will be wise to closely monitor any changes to state and federal regulations and react accordingly.
  • International candidates continue to be a viable source of healthcare workers despite political immigration issues. Workers with legal status to work are a key way that firms and healthcare organizations can fill vacancies and increase the nation's labor supply.
By staying ahead of key staffing trends, healthcare staffing agencies can be prepared to fill vacancies for their clients as quickly as possible, which as we all know, is the best outcome for everyone!
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Hiring- LPN


By Altra Healthcare - January 2, 2018

Altra has immediate openings in SE Indiana for day and night shift LPNs. This opportunity is a 90 day contract-to-hire role.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • REPORTING
    • Receive and give report at the beginning and end of each shift. Relate pertinent information, changes in resident’s conditions, new orders, and evaluate resident’s care needs for planning assignments.
  • ASSIGNMENTS
    • Assign medication to nurse, assign groups to nursing assistants, and monitor and coordinate assignments to make certain they are completed.
  • MEDICATION
    • Count narcotics at the beginning and end of each shift with the in coming nurse and sign the narcotic count book. Administer and chart medications as ordered, perform accu checks and record the results in the MAR, and know the reason for administration of medication, route of administration, desirable and adverse effects, and observe resident’s reaction.
  • DIETARY
    • Supervise tray service in the dining room and in resident rooms. Observe eating habits and assist with serving and feeding residents.
  • MEDICAL RECORDS
    • Properly obtain and document physician orders after complete transcription of orders. Transcribe new orders into the MAR, TAR, dietary slips, and complete proper documentation of lab orders. Accurate, complete, and concise problem oriented charting based on resident care plan, and according to charting schedule in conjunction with policy and procedure. Complete weekly nursing summaries, and supervise nursing assistants in charting on ADL flow sheets. Complete nursing assessment on new residents.
  • NURSING CARE
    • Designate assignments to CNAs and supervise and evaluate performance on a daily basis. Assist with orientation of new employees, and teach and observe procedures of employee.
  • PHYSICIANS
    • Transcribe accurately and completely all orders onto the MAR, TAR, dietary forms, and lab book. Document any changes in resident condition or medications/treatments in nursing notes and notify the resident’s physician and family. Arrange transfer and transportation of resident if necessary and fill out appropriate forms.
  • FAMILY
    • Notify family of condition changes, accidents, or incidents. Interpret plan of care and treatments to family as needed, and encourage participation in the plan of care. Be attentive to family complaints and concerns. Always be polite and helpful.
  • EDUCATION
    • Attend in service classes, staff meetings, and continuing education courses when offered.

SET A POSITIVE EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF THE STAFF. BE NEAT, CLEAN, COURTEOUS, AND PROFESSIONAL AT ALL TIMES.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduate of an approved school of nursing.
  • Current license of good standing in Indiana.
  • Evidence of good health, grooming, maturity, and emotional stability.
  • Possess leadership and organizational abilities.
  • Have genuine interest and concern for the long term residents with emphasis on restorative and rehabilitation nursing.
  • Desire and interest to continue to study, learn, and grow as a professional person.
  • Ability to communicate well and establish good interpersonal relationships.

POSITIONS SUPERVISED:

  • Direct supervision of certified nursing assistants.
  • Direct supervision of medication personnel, if applicable
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