Nurse practitioners play an important role in the healthcare field since they have training to perform more advanced tasks and procedures than registered nurses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for nurse practitioners are expected to be above average between 2008 and 2018. With healthcare facilities competing against each other to recruit people to fill these open positions within their organization, it’s important to learn how to recruit entry-level nurse practitioners.
Attend healthcare career fairs. Learn what hospitals, medical agencies or other institutions are holding healthcare career fairs in your area. Register to get a table or booth at these fairs. Bring along information about your healthcare organization and any employment opportunities you have open. Speak to nurse practitioners who recently received their license as well as any students about to graduate from a nurse practitioner program. Tout the benefits your organization provides, and encourage them to apply for open positions.
Network with schools. Get to know the instructors and administrators of schools and programs that provide the education nurse practitioners need. Ask to speak to the class towards the end of their program to promote job opportunities available through your organization. Hang up flyers in the building where nurse practitioner classes are held or set up a table in a common area where students can stop by during breaks from their class.
Place advertisements. Use the classified section of your local newspaper to run job advertisements for open nurse practitioner positions. Advertise online to reach out to candidates beyond your local area by placing ads on popular career websites such as CareerBuilder and Monster. Place ads on websites that cater specifically to nurse practitioner positions such as NPJobs.com.
Initiate a referral program. Let the current employees at your organization recruit entry-level nurse practitioners through word-of-mouth by creating an incentive program for referrals. Give anybody who currently works at the organization a bonus if they are able to recruit a new nurse practitioner who is employed at your organization for a specific time period, such six months or one year.