Healthcare Staffing Apps: An Easy, Fast, and Reliable Solution

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Written by
Miranda Kay, RN
February 11, 2022

How to Find Healthcare Staff?

As the staffing manager of a hospital or other healthcare facility, you are probably overwhelmed by the constant staffing shortages in the healthcare field and are looking for ways to simplify and expedite this process. Staffing agencies are an option, but they are expensive and usually don’t move quickly enough to help hospitals and healthcare facilities satisfy immediate staffing needs. Especially now, when the Covid-19 pandemic has accentuated the already existing nursing shortage and bearing in mind the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) recent accusation that healthcare staffing agencies have been price gouging – taking advantage of the shortage of healthcare providers to raise prices beyond competitive levels – hospitals and healthcare facilities need a fast, reliable, and cost-effective way to meet their staffing needs. 

In a time of online classes, online shopping, and even online dating, it should come as no surprise that the present and future of staffing has also moved to the cloud. Say good-bye to high staffing-agency fees and welcome the era of free and fast online staffing.  

The Nursing Shortage Is a Reality

According to the American Nurses Association, this year there will be more need for registered nurses (RNs) than for any other professional. Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that – in order to avoid a significant nurse shortage – the US needs 1.1 million new RNs.

There are many reasons why there is currently a shortage of nurses. First of all, people are living longer, and this increasing elderly population has significant healthcare needs. Furthermore, every year nurses retire and need to be replaced. Although this is a reality in any field, the Covid-19 pandemic has been so demanding and stressful for healthcare workers that many have decided to retire early or even quit.

Are you experiencing a nursing shortage in your hospital or other healthcare facility? Read on to learn how you can easily and cost-effectively satisfy your healthcare staffing needs.

Employees vs Independent Contractors

When deciding on the best approach to staffing, an important consideration is whether your facility would benefit from hiring more permanent employees or more independent contractors. Here are some considerations to help you decide which would fit your healthcare staffing needs: 

Employees

  • Employees work a fixed number of hours regardless of the current needs of the healthcare facility.
  • Healthcare facilities determine employee schedules.
  • Employers must provide all equipment, tools, and other supplies.
  • Employees receive benefits such as health and life insurance.
  • Employees receive W-2 forms, and their employers must deduct taxes and pay the government.

Independent Contractors

  • Independent contractors can decide which shifts to pick up and how many hours to work.
  • The healthcare facility does not have a commitment with the worker beyond a specified period, which can be as short as a single shift.
  • Independent contractors are self-employed, so they do not receive benefits such as health and life insurance.
  • Independent contractors are responsible for paying their own taxes.

How Can You Save on Healthcare Staffing Costs?

Clearly, it is more cost-effective for healthcare facilities to cover demand for additional workers by hiring more independent contractors since they will be able to avoid the costs of taxes and benefits. Furthermore, since hospitals don’t need to have long-term commitments with independent contractors, they can easily tailor the number of staff to their current needs, thereby avoiding unnecessary expenses. 

How to Easily and Cost-Effectively Hire Independent Contractors

Traditional staffing agencies normally classify their workers as employees. Although the agency itself will be responsible for paying benefits and taxes, these expenses are ultimately paid by the hospital since staffing agencies typically charge 25-100% of the new worker’s wages – on top of what is paid to the worker of course. 

On the other hand, through a staffing app, you can immediately fill registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and certified nursing assistant (CAN) jobs with independent contractors with no additional cost to you. It truly is as simple as it sounds; you can download the Nursa™ healthcare staffing app and verify your facility profile today. 

How Do Healthcare Staffing Apps Work?

In much the same way that Human Resources (HR) departments or staffing agencies ask potential workers for their qualifications, including proof of licenses and certifications, the Nursa™ healthcare staffing app requires proof of qualifications when healthcare workers create their profile to look for RN, LPN, or CNA jobs.

These healthcare professionals can then see the shifts that hospitals and other healthcare facilities need to fill and can request a job. At this point, you will be able to see the applicant’s profile and decide if he or she is right for the job. Furthermore, you will be able to communicate directly with any applicant through the app’s chat function. 

Are You Ready to Get Started?

All you need is a few minutes to register and verify a profile for your facility. Once your profile is set up, you can add the jobs your healthcare facility needs, along with the required schedule, the pay rate, and a job description. When the job is posted, you can sit back and let the Nursa™ app do its magic. By the time you get a cup of coffee, you’ll have your staffing requirements filled. Does it sound too good to be true? You’ll have to just try it for yourself. Create a profile and fill your healthcare staffing needs today! 

Blog published on:
February 11, 2022

Miranda is a Registered Nurse, Medical Fact Checker, and Publishing Editor at Nursa. Her work has been featured in publications including the American Nurses Association (ANA), Healthcare IT Outcomes, International Living, and more.

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