by Eileen O’Shanassy
As healthcare grows in new and innovative ways and more technology is added to healing and healthcare, the Human Resources department of hospitals face many new challenges. Since these departments are responsible for hiring clinical and non-clinical personnel, it’s clear the success of the facility depends largely on the decisions made in Human Resources. Therefore, it’s important for the hospital itself to have as many practices in place as possible to help HR succeed in its endeavors. To gain a greater understanding of these practices, here are some ways hospitals can be organized to ensure a Human Resources department runs as smoothly as possible.
Invest in Technology
Since the days of receiving resumes through snail mail are gone, it’s important for an HR department to have the latest technology at its disposal to attract the best applicants. Whether using an online medical recruiting service or similar online pool to find and hire the most qualified individuals, investing in cloud technology and other types of state-of-the-art equipment can make a huge difference in a hospital’s performance.
Pay Attention to Training and Credentials
Since it’s vital for doctors, nurses, and others who hold professional licenses to maintain their certifications, managers of various clinical departments should work closely with HR to ensure no lapses occur. To do so, department managers should work with HR to schedule in-house training, continuing education classes, and other training. By doing so, a hospital can often continue to attract highly-qualified personnel for its clinical positions.
For an HR department to make the best hiring decisions, it relies on reports given to it by department managers to ensure all areas of the hospital are adequately staffed from jobs for physicians to jobs for doctors, every staffing position needs to be filled. Even housekeeping and food services, and nursing and operating room personnel should be overseen. Having staff levels that can meet the needs of patients is crucial to an efficient operation. Be sure all levels of management are able to communicate when there is a shortage.
Create a Reasonable Budget
First and foremost, a hospital is a business, and must be able to earn a profit in order to maintain high levels of operation. Because of this, hospital executives must work constantly to create budgets that will allow for necessary funding for all departments. This is a tremendous help to Human Resources, since an HR manager must know how much money they have to work with before making hiring decisions.
Even though healthcare in today’s world is more complex than ever, it’s still possible to create systems that work very efficiently. By having all departments work closely with HR, a hospital can provide world-class service to staff and patients.
Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter, @eileenoshanassy.
Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.