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How to Hire a Nurse for Home Care

June 2nd, 2020

The latest data reports that around 90,000 deaths due to COVID-19 are linked to nursing homes. This has underscored just how important in-home nursing care is, particularly to those who are medically fragile.

Hiring home care nurses, however, can be challenging during a time when demand for them is at a high. What’s more is that the need for home care and hospice nurses is expected to continue to grow.

According to reports, including those from PHI, a direct care workforce advocacy organization, in the years from 2018 to 2028, the in-home care industry will need to fill an estimated 4.7 million home care jobs. This is just another reminder of the pressures that hiring managers for in-home care and hospice are under to find at-home nurses.

So if you’re hiring a private nurse for your organization, how can you put your best foot forward with qualified candidates? Here are some tips for home nursing care and hospice recruitment:

Make sure your pay and benefits are competitive.

In Washington State, the average pay for a Registered Nurse is $36.16 per hour, which equates to just over $75,000 a year. This is simply a baseline and what you offer a specific candidate will be dependent on their years of experience and any specialized skills and expertise they have. However, keep in mind that if what you’re offering in terms of compensation is lower than average, you’re going to have a difficult time attracting top talent for home nursing care jobs.

Look for candidates with the right qualifications.

Just because a candidate is an RN or has a lot of experience does not mean they’re right for your needs. For instance, if you’re recruiting for a hospice position, you need to focus on each candidate’s soft skills, ensuring they have the personality to fit a role that can be filled with added trauma and pressure than a typical nursing job.

Work with a professional staffing agency.

If you don’t have the time or resources to devote to hiring private nurses for home or hospice positions, work with a staffing agency, like Provisional Recruiting. Our team has an extensive network of qualified candidates ready to get to work, as well as the processes in place to rigorously screen and vet them for your position.

Ready to get started with our staffing agency?

Provisional Recruiting is here for you to help you with in home nursing care hiring, so you get skilled and compassionate nurses, all while you’re able to focus on other priorities. Contact us today to get started.