For all it’s advances toward the health and well-being of modern Americans, healthcare still has a major issue: staffing shortages. From a lack of trained medical professionals willing to work in less-than-perfect locations to increasing strikes by healthcare workers, hospitals and medical facilities are continually facing shortages. To meet this growing challenge, many medical professionals have moved toward temporary – or moonlighting – staffing methods.
Three Reasons To Consider Temporary Staffing
As the healthcare needs of individuals continue to increase, the need for more flexible trained medical professionals is growing more important. This reality is true both for metropolitan locations as well as rural populations. Here are three reasons why moving toward a temporary staffing policy can help your medical practice provide top-notch care with flexibility:
1. Reduce Overhead Costs At Your Facility
One reason why practices struggle to maintain a fully-staffed state is due to the costs required with staffing long-term, full-time professionals. If medical staff feel overworked, overburdened, and underpaid, your team may face the expensive reality of a constant state of team member turnover.
Solve the turnover and burnout problem by bringing in specially-trained medical professionals who can work with your office for a set period of time. While working within defined bounds, these temporary staffers can give it their all – knowing that there are systems in place to protect them and patients.
2. Better Serve Rural Areas or Low-Cost Offices
A huge reason behind the shortage of qualified medical staff is the fact that many graduates expect to find full-time work in a location of their choice. This often means doctors or hospitals that pay the best, offer perks or are located in enticing regions. This can lead to a shortage in those professionals available to serve the under-staffed rural sector. Temporary medical staff can offer vital help to these rural or low-cost offices by ensuring that qualified professionals are working at even the least-enticing locations.
3. Avoid Turning Patients Away
Another hidden issue behind shortages in medical offices is the lack of available space for new patients and clients on an already full schedule. By bringing in temporary staff during high-traffic seasons, the burden on the full-time, permanent staff can be lessened. This can act as a pressure release valve for your staff as the responsibilities of all members are shared among a temporarily increased staff.
Is Temporary Medical Staffing Right For You?
These are only a few of the many reasons why many medical professionals are turning to temporary staffing opportunities to find work. If you think your practice or facility may be interested in discussing a temporary staffing option, contact our team today to find out more!