The Dream Team: Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Amazing Staff in SPD

With the world continuing to grapple with the aftermath of COVID-19, healthcare facilities are finding it harder than ever to recruit and retain qualified staff. The high cost of living, economic uncertainty, and an increasingly competitive job market have created a perfect storm, leading to a whopping 77 percent of employers struggling to fill positions, according to a Manpower Talent survey. Nearly every industry is experiencing recruitment challenges, even healthcare, which is ultimately leading to new strategizing. But the stakes are high and without adequate staff, healthcare facilities can’t operate at full capacity, threatening their survival and the broader economic recovery.

How do healthcare facilities navigate this tough recruitment landscape? What strategies can they employ to not only attract, but also retain the talent they desperately need? On the latest “ConCensis” podcast, host Gabrielle Bejarano welcomed guest Brian Reynolds, the Assistant Chief of Sterile Processing Services at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach Florida to explore how it’s affected the field of sterile processing. The two dived into the heart of recruitment woes, and discussed the root causes of these staffing problems, potential solutions, and the implications of current trends on the future of hiring.

Bejarano and Reynolds talked more on:

● How offering competitive pay is crucial to attract and retain talent

● Collaboration between HR and the hiring department to ensure new hires are supported for a smooth and strong onboarding

● Providing continuous development opportunities to improve skills and increase job satisfaction and retention.

Brian Reynolds is the Assistant Chief of Sterile Processing Services at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach Florida and has a wealth of experience in recruitment having navigated recruiting challenges firsthand in his role. Reynolds has a rich background in healthcare with over three decades of experience in the sterile processing field.

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