Pros and cons of using a healthcare staffing agency to fill a job

Adella Pasos
3 min readMay 7, 2022

Staffing agencies are a fantastic resource for many businesses. They allow businesses to save money by allowing employees to be hired and hired on short-term contracts. This differs from hiring permanent employees, who are usually hired on a full-time basis.

Healthcare staffing agencies can be a big help when it comes to finding qualified doctors, nurses and healthcare staff at a reasonable rate. Most agencies have 24/7 helplines whose sole purpose is to answer questions. Each healthcare staffing agency has their own unique qualities, but in general, they allow you to search for healthcare staff, review their credentials and references, and interview potential hires.

There are many advantages to working with staffing companies to fill an open role. First, they are focused on finding the right candidates for you, so you can focus on what you do best. They take the time to understand your needs, and are able to quickly match you with candidates who have the right combination of skills, experience, and culture fit. Second, staffing companies often pre-screen and interview candidates, meaning there is very little, if any, back and forth.

Temporary staffing is a common practice for many businesses. It is especially common when they have short-term projects or needs or when they are expanding their healthcare workforce. Temporary healthcare staffing provides companies with the flexibility they need, so that they can respond to new opportunities, as well as handle the needs of their customers. Temporary healthcare staffing also gives companies the ability to hire employees with specific skills or experience without committing to a permanent hire.

Staffing agencies are an effective way for companies to obtain temporary workers. However, for workers, it is not always a good experience. The workers don’t always get full benefits or perks as if they were a full-time employee. At times, they don’t get to choose every assignment, or have the options to stay flexible. Some temporary workers often complain of not getting treated like members of the team.

To reduce these feelings, make sure your company has a very inviting onboarding process that welcomes the temp staff and makes them feel at home. Be prepared to set them up for success and put them through the same training program you would normally do for a full-time employee.

Specifically, nurse staffing is a controversial issue among healthcare officials, patients, and the general public. The growth and development of healthcare centers across the country, coupled with the rising availability of advanced medical technologies, have led to increased patient demand. At the same time, the number of registered nurses has decreased significantly, from 2.2 million nurses in 1960 to only 1.3 million in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 With a shortage of nurses, the quality of care is diminished.

Healthcare staffing profits have increased by 6.5%. The overall healthcare staffing industry has changed dramatically in the past 20 years.

Even outsourcing to third party agencies has become the norm. These agencies have now become the main providers of healthcare staffing. The industry profits of these companies have increased tremendously. In 2012, profits were around $10 billion, while 2018 they reached $28 billion.

In conclusion, healthcare staffing agencies can be a huge help when you’re looking to fill the gap at your healthcare facility. It can help you quickly build a qualified workforce, but keep in mind, it may not always benefit the staff that works for you.

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Adella Pasos

Hi! My name is Adella. I’m a business coach and consultant who helps companies grow. Subscribe to my blog for topics on business, strategy, marketing & sales.