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Placing nurses in the USA: How do we measure up?

  • Publish Date: Posted about 5 years ago
  • Author:by Kate Andrews

This April, the Conexus Medstaff team were in sunny San Diego for the AONE 2019: Inspiring Leaders annual meeting. This annual gathering featured a full agenda of educational courses, social events and networking for nurse leaders.

We attended some truly insightful seminars, including Stabilizing Teams Through Leadership, Collaboration & Staffing led by professionals at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. This session offered interesting statistics, which enabled us to benchmark our services to see exactly how we measure up. Here’s what we found...

“On average, it takes 78 days to hire a nurse to start work.”

With Conexus Medstaff’s staffing model, our nurses will be able to deploy between one and five months from the point a client selects them. While this might seem like quite a long time to clients, it’s in line with the average 78-day hiring time highlighted in the presentation.

It makes us a fairly stark contrast from most direct hire agencies. Historically, they’ve taken over a year (sometimes even two years) to have their candidates ready to go for US healthcare providers.

“15-30% of new graduates that start work in a hospital go on to leave within a year.”

The hospital stated that they had been able to increase their average nurse tenure from 420 days to 700 days. Yet that timeframe is still a lot less than the minimum 5,000-hour contract that nurses work through Conexus Medstaff, not to mention the extension of time after the nurse joins our client’s facility.

By reducing the time frame and via our US Ready program (see below), candidates deliver a better service for providers in a shorter period of time, plus increase the desire of healthcare providers to retain our talent.

“77% of nurses report being forced to care for too many patients.”

Even after a nurse is placed into a hospital, a staffing agency has a duty of care to ensure their candidate has been placed into an environment where they will thrive, not just survive. For Conexus Medstaff, our work doesn’t stop once a nurse is placed. When we begin working with a hospital, our team spends time immersing ourselves in the workplace and its culture so we can give our nurses in-depth insights into the environment they can expect when they get there.

Conexus offers all of our nurses access to a bespoke US Ready learning program, which focuses on their transition to the US workforce before they arrive. Additionally, our team remains on-hand to offer support, advice and guidance after they have started work so that we can help them address any concerns and challenges that might arise. 

Choosing the right staffing partner

Conexus Medstaff has been successfully placing international registered nurses and international US graduates since 2010. Our dedicated team of clinical recruiters, immigration specialists and operation experts have many years’ experience specializing in the placement of nurses in hospitals and long-term care facilities across the USA, setting them up for long-term professional success.

With offices in Houston, Lexington and Charlotte in the US, as well as international hubs in the UK and the Philippines, we’re well placed to attract the best talent in the world to fulfill our clients’ staffing needs.

Find out more about working with Conexus Medstaff today, and stay tuned to our blog for further news and insights into nursing in the USA.