Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Celebrating Health Care Recruiter Day

The team of 12 health care recruiters (also known as a Human Resources Business Partner) at LifeBridge Health deserve to be recognized. Each has a very important and difficult job. These individuals assist department managers with finding qualified and experienced health care professionals to fill over 6,000 positions throughout LifeBridge Health. Today is Health Care Recruiter Recognition Day, which is a great way to recognize what recruiters do.

The search process for job candidates can be daunting and cumbersome. It begins when a position is vacated by a current employee, or when a new position is created out of need or patient volume. The recruiter determines if a current employee may be interested in filling the position, or if an external search needs to be completed. Searching outside of the health system often involves advertising the position in various sources, using a temporary agency, or asking an external recruiter to help find the appropriately qualified candidate. Once a pool of candidates is narrowed down, interviews are conducted and the hiring process begins.

I recently spoke to Julia Farrell, a recruiter from Northwest Hospital, who primarily recruits for nursing and tech positions in the clinical areas at the hospital.

Q: How did you become a health care recruiter?

I started out in non-profit management and marketing, and fell into human resources in a temporary assignment. I began to learn the ins and outs of the human resources field through training from the ground up in support of the Nurse Recruitment Team at Sinai Hospital. My role expanded to learn the processes for compensation, recruitment, generalist support and project management. Then, I earned the opportunity to grow as the health care recruiter supporting the allied health team at a different community hospital. Here I learned about and supported the non-nursing health care professional side while partnering with hospital leadership in their recruitment and retention needs.

Later, I came back to LifeBridge Health to support the nursing team as a Human Resources Business Partner at Northwest. In this role, I assist the nursing department at Northwest with their recruitment, retention and employee relations needs.

Each step in my career, I was mentored by senior leadership team members. I continue to grow my professional knowledge base through attending internal and external classes, seminars and conferences, and more recently webinars related to recruitment and retention.

Q: What's the best part of your job as a Human Resources Business Partner?

Every day is different! I thoroughly enjoy working with my human resources team members at Northwest Hospital and throughout LifeBridge Health. I love to find the right fit and best qualified candidates for the Northwest team. I have also come to enjoy coaching and partnering with the Nursing Leadership Team in their employee relations needs. Building and nurturing relationships with leadership and other staff members is also enjoyable.

Q: What are the hot jobs right now throughout LifeBridge Health?

  • Experienced operating room, emergency department and critical care RNs
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Practice Managers
  • Health Information Coding Manager and Coders
  • Physician Assistants
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Manager
  • Speech Therapists
  • Pathology Positions

Q: What is your advice for job seekers in the current economy?
I advise anyone currently entering the job market, or wanted to make a job change to network! Networking is beneficial when done directly in person, by phone, by email and using social media web sites, such as LinkedIn.

For a complete list of the opportunities any of the LifeBridge Health facilities, visit www.lifejobs.org. All applicants must apply online to be considered.

-Betsy Haley

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