Home Health & Hospice

Administrator tip: Thing to consider when hiring a new staff member

Homecare Insider, February 17, 2014

Remember that people sometimes leave their positions for reasons other than job satisfaction. If this happens and you have to go through the hiring process, it is important to look for certain qualities. It can be easy to hire the first qualified candidate you find because of a nursing shortage in the area or desperate need at the agency, but it will save money in the long run to ensure that the new hire stays with the agency.
When interviewing candidates, it is important to keep in mind a few things:
  • Is the candidate new to homecare? Homecare is a specialty. Training a nurse who has never worked in homecare will take much more time and resources than a nurse with prior experience. If the candidate is new to homecare, make sure he or she has the characteristics of a homecare nurse to ensure that the position is a good fit. Since homecare nurses often work independently, it is important that they possess strong decision-making, critical thinking, and assessment skills.
  • Is the candidate looking for a long-term job? It’s important to make sure that the candidate could potentially be at the agency for years to come.