Kaiser Cuts Nurse Vacancies by Almost Half This Year
Kaiser Permanente reduced its vacant nursing positions by 40% this year, a move that is coupled with an overhaul to recruiting efforts that saved millions of dollars, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Jason Phillips, Kaiser's director of recruitment services for its Northern California region, said Kaiser has shifted its recruiting operations from paying external firms to using internal recruiters.
Phillips said the new recruiting tactics have cut 30% off the fees that Kaiser pays headhunting firms to recruit for specialty positions that are difficult to fill, including nurse managers and directors of quality assurance.
The recruiting overhaul has helped Kaiser's Northern California region hire more than 1,700 registered nurses and 203 staff pharmacists this year (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 10/1).