OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--APS, a group purchasing organization jointly owned by the Missouri Hospital Association and Kansas Hospital Association, has announced a new partnership with the National Healthcare Career Network (www.NHCNnetwork.org), an integrated alliance of nearly 300 recruiting career centers of professional associations. Through NHCN, APS and MHA are able to connect Missouri health care organizations with more than 2 million specialized candidates in 13 disciplines, including nurses, allied health professionals, operations experts, physicians, and academic and research professionals.
“As part of the NHCN, we can now provide Missouri hospitals with the option of staying local in their talent searches or expanding their searches to national pools of qualified candidates”
“As part of the NHCN, we can now provide Missouri hospitals with the option of staying local in their talent searches or expanding their searches to national pools of qualified candidates,” said Dennis George, APS CEO. “With this new service, APS and MHA are proud to provide further support for our health care community.”
The Missouri Hospital Association’s 2013 workforce report identifies significant existing and future needs within the hospital workforce. Although vacancy and turnover rates are not at crisis levels, they remain a threat to the stability of the workforce, especially in light of projected retirements and increases in health care utilization.
“Turnover for hospital frontline caregivers is an ongoing problem,” Herb Kuhn, President & CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association, said. “When added to the expectation of a boom in utilization because of Missourians’ poor health status, an aging population and growing access to health insurance, it portends a future crisis. Moreover, the changing nature of health care has increased the demand for individuals with new skills and experience. These demands sometimes require a larger candidate base. Hiring local is always a preference. However, access to a nationwide network of health care professionals will help hospitals identify candidates from throughout the country.”
The health care workforce challenge is two-fold. Health care organizations must address the shortage of educated health care workers, including primary care physicians, nurses, therapists, information technologists and imaging technicians, to meet the expanding demand for care. Second, hospital leaders also must recruit and retain talented individuals to manage increasingly complex health care organizations. In some cases, hospitals and health care organizations can recruit theses workers locally or develop existing staff to meet these challenges organically. In other cases, regional or national searches are the only option to identify the appropriate candidate with the necessary skills.
“Employers would always prefer to hire from their local markets, but some positions require targeting outside talent pools,” said Carol Barber, managing director of the NHCN. “With more than 9,000 health care jobs openings in Missouri, the competition for top candidates is fierce. Partnering with the NHCN will allow a convenient, one-click access to outstanding candidates near and far.”
About Missouri Hospital Association
The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit membership association in Jefferson City that represents 152 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public about health care issues.