How to Hire Qualified RNs, CNAs and LVNs at Your Home Health Agency

By Beth Kempton,
September 22, 2017

The rapid growth of the home health industry has led to a demand for talent across roles. In 2014 alone, there were 12,400 home health agencies operating in the U.S. To meet the demand of staff needed to operate a home health agency, facilities across the country are under increasing pressure to attract, hire, and retain qualified staff.

To simplify this process, an integrated hiring and talent management platform can aid home health agencies fil critical roles and maintain an advantage over the competition. Below, we’ve outline critical steps to help you hire qualified RNs, CNA’s and LVNs at your home health agency.

Create Compelling Job Descriptions

Job descriptions enable you to speak directly to the talent you need to staff your home healthcare agency – and sell them on the benefits of working for your company. Each description should be tailored to the specific role and include the following:

  • Company description
  • Detailed explanation of day-to-day responsibilities
  • List of qualifications
  • Overview of the benefits of working for your company
  • Clear instructions for applying – ideally directly through your company’s career site

Ask Compliant Interview Questions

Job candidates should go through several rounds of interviews, including phone, in-person and behavioral interviews. Asking the right interview questions is key when it comes to identifying the right candidate. Applicant responses to your interview questions provide insight into their personalities, skills and motivations for wanting to work at your home health agency. Interview questions must be carefully considered and consistently asked among all candidates to ensure each applicant is evaluated equally.

Conduct Background Checks

When a family hires a caregiver, they’re entrusting your employee to come into their home and care for a loved one. Background checks protect the patients being cared for as well as your organization’s credibility. Home health agencies are responsible for the behavior and actions of hired caregivers. Background checks are liability precautions and should not be taken lightly.

Compliant interviews, background checks and the entire hiring process should be run through a single, integrated platform to make recruitment a consistent, seamless process. In maintaining a consistent process, you can save time and money, and track which channels are attracting the best job prospects for your agency – allowing you to put more of your resources toward the recruitment tactics that pay off.

Whether you offer non-skilled care or medical care, you need to make sure you’re using the best tools available to hire the right people as quickly and efficiently as possible. For more tips on building your best team, download our eBook, “The 9 Elements of a Well-Oiled Hiring Process.”

About the Author

Beth is the content strategist on Hireology’s marketing team, responsible for creating compelling blog posts, eBooks, marketing materials and other content. Her background includes five years of experience at a B2B digital marketing agency, where she crafted content for a variety of clients, including several in the HR technology space. Before beginning her career, Beth attended Loyola University Chicago, where she studied advertising and public relations.

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