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How Mercy Streamlined Onboarding of its Healthcare Workers

Nurse Leader Insider, October 20, 2016

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For the protection of workers, patients, and organizations, hiring healthcare workers involves a number of necessary steps including vaccinations, drug screenings, background and reference checks, and health tests.

But these actions can cause hiccups in the onboarding process if the results come in after the worker has already started working, and the consequences can be costly. So anything that expedites the process or cuts costs is welcome to most HR departments.

Christopher Bos is director of human resources at Mercy in Springfield, MO. Mercy operates 45 acute care and specialty hospitals and more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities. He discussed the highlights of the organization's recently streamlined onboarding process. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

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