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How Have Tech Trends Changed Health Care Recruiting?

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TMP is proud to have clients in many industries. It keeps us versatile and able to serve every client with expertise and proven results. Near the summit of that tall mountain is health care, because – let’s face it – everyone needs health care at some point in their lives.

Therefore, the quest for skilled health care practitioners is never-ending. In fact, Indeed has more than 7.4 million health care jobs on its site, generating more than 386,000 health care-related searches daily.

During a recruiter’s search for candidates, trends in technology can be a hurdle. Recruiters want prospects who understand technology better to keep the hospital ahead of the competition. The problem is, technology developments race faster than Usain Bolt. It can be difficult to find an RN or a CNA who can operate increasingly sophisticated high-tech equipment.

So, how have health care tech trends changed recruiting?

Soft Skills

With technology trends surpassing themselves on an annual basis, it can be difficult for a recruiter to find someone who is up to date on everything. This has forced talent acquisition departments to place a higher priority on “soft” skills like emotional intelligence, problem solving, and the ubiquitous bedside manner. After all, someone can always be taught the latest technology, but odds are if that candidate is a schmuck during an interview or screening, they’ll be one on the job.

Transferable Skills

There are now more job openings than unemployed people in this country, for the first time since we kicked off the 21st century. With a shortage of health care professionals and an abundance of open positions, recruiters are forced to lower the hot spotlight on technological savvy. Instead, they couple those skills with others – perhaps a home-health nurse could be a good fit with a team in a hospital. If a candidate is willing to apply what they know in new situations, that agility and flexibility should count for something.

Analytical Skills

In the world of health care, a nurse is expected to be able to juggle multiple tasks at once and manage a cornucopia of personalities – from colleagues to patients. Among all those people and jobs comes the pressing need to collect, gather, visualize and analyze information to solve complex problems. Every day involves interpreting countless digital levels to ascertain the right patient care for the right problem, and navigating EHRs (eHealth records) or EMRs (eMedical Records) with skill to ensure the systemized collection of patient insight is handled with care. And then, among all of that, there is still the ability to trip over a wad of red tape. Patient care is multifaceted; yet, the best health care workers analyze situations as naturally as taking someone’s blood pressure.

Technology is a great substitute for manual collection of metrics and expedited observations for medical assistance, but it requires a person to take data and provide the best care possible. The one thing that technology trends will never replace is the human touch required to place the perfect candidate in the perfect position to succeed.

Shawn Paul Wood

About Shawn Paul Wood

Shawn Paul Wood is a director of client strategy based out of TMP’s Dallas/Fort Worth office. By ensuring each client is progressive and proactive with digital reach, optimized content, and strategic execution, he continues to help the DFW team provide stellar client experiences (and all-around positive mojo). Prior to landing at TMP, Shawn Paul was a global digital strategist, national voice-over artist, regional radio personality and news director, and a local copywriting director. Aside from that eclectic mix, he’s a homebody who has a penchant for Twitter.

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