This is an area that often is ignored by new medical staffing agencies and goes roughly untapped. You will find that the more seasoned nursing staffing agencies are actively involved with recruiting nurses from colleges.
The path of least resistance should be the path you need to find. What I mean is, college nurses are eager to find work, often times they are so hungry to work they will accept almost any position and will accept almost any pay.
Why is this? Well, first they have bills to pay and they need the experience.
Should you send new grads to work for you? Yes, Hospitals need staff, Hospitals will train your nurses to meet the needs of there staff.
How do you then recruit in colleges? Simple, you begin to visit there colleges, become familiar with the department director. You will find that they are as eager to work with you as you are with them.
Let me explain:
Nursing colleges have a federal and state mandate. They are given federal grant money; this money comes with certain stipulations, one of which is to have a minimum placement policy of 70%. If they don't maintain this minimum they run the risk of loosing federal funding. In the even that they loose federal funding the students will no longer be able to get federal loans and hence not be able to apply for these colleges.
The nursing colleges know this and they are always looking for new opportunities to find work for there students. If a student gets hire by a staffing agency and later is let go, it does not affect the bottom line for the school. They have fulfilled there initial mandate and are in compliance with federal and state requirements.
In other words, these colleges are very eager to work with your nursing staffing agency.
What are you waiting for, give them a call and begin to have a ready source of new grads at your disposal to use as you see fit, well not really, but you get the idea.
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Roy Vera MBA, RT is an experienced medical staffing author, publisher and consultant. For more information visit us at http://www.vismedical.com