The Coronavirus pandemic has expanded the demand for Respiratory Therapists and other qualified medical professionals in the United States and globally. The number of Respiratory Therapists is disproportionately low compared to the 18 million healthcare professionals nationwide. According to projections by The Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an annual average of less than 140,000 Respiratory Therapists between 2018 – 2028. This only represents .78% of total employees in the healthcare field. With the incidences of respiratory conditions rising worldwide, the demand for skilled RTs has become more challenging than ever.
Despite the talent shortage in this market, Blue Signal has maintained a strong track record of delivering quality clinical and non-clinical healthcare staffing in a short timeframe. We have placed many Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapists nationwide and specialize in meeting the demand of clients quickly and effectively.
Through trial and error, our Blue Signal Healthcare Recruiters have come up with these 4 simple tips to land your next qualified respiratory therapist during the pandemic.
1. Understand Your Respiratory Therapist Hiring Needs
Respiratory Therapists (RT) are trained in cardio-pulmonary medicine to help those with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, and most recently, COVID-19. With the rapid spread of COVID cases throughout the US, finding qualified medical professionals is more important than ever.
Types of RTs include Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) and Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs). While an RRT demands a higher level of qualification and education, both kinds of Respiratory Therapists are qualified to perform medical services to help those with acute and chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Before starting your search, make sure you know which type of RT your open job requires, and remember the RT talent shortage to consider if offering additional flexibility on your job description requirements is a possibility.
2. Provide Environmental Transparency Upfront
Respiratory Therapists are playing a critical role in keeping the COVID outbreak under control. Travel and contract work amidst the high demand for Respiratory Therapists has resulted in many RTs risking their own health for job security. When bringing on new therapists to your facility, candidates should be made aware right away of your organization’s PPE policies and if they will be exposed to confirmed COVID cases involving risky treatments and procedures. This can help assure the potential RT that you have their best interests in mind and are dedicated to their wellness and safety.
3. Offer Continued Training & Education
As Respiratory Therapists do their best to keep COVID-19 patients alive, the public’s attention has shifted toward healthcare. Many RTs are being recognized as the unsung heroes of the pandemic and are inspiring more students to enter the field. RTs can specialize in several types of therapy including emergency, geriatric, adult, pediatric, and sleep care - so there are many academic roads students can pursue. Offering specialized training and continued educational opportunities to advance the skillsets of your CRTs and RRTs will appeal to potential recruits and set you apart in this extremely competitive marketplace. The increased public attention around RTs has helped educate patients that their knowledge goes beyond ventilators, and we have already seen an increase in awareness to the profession. As the search continues for the next generation of Respiratory Therapists, this increased awareness of the field has already supported our candidate pipeline growth.
4. Utilize A Recruiter
If you are a hospital or healthcare facility struggling to find qualified Respiratory Therapists, you are not alone. With COVID cases on the rise, it may be difficult to set aside time to comb through hundreds of applicants to find the right fit; this is where a recruiter can help! Let us recruiters do the hard work for you: reviewing applications, having initial phone screens, doing background checks, and touching base with references. Working with a recruiter can save you time, increase productivity and efficiency, provide access to passive talent, and help you get back to the work that matters most - saving lives.
Blue Signal recruiters are with you every step of the way, going the extra mile to ensure our clients can find the critical fit for their healthcare facility. Our COVID-19 Critical Infrastructure Response Team specializes in Medical Devices, Healthcare & Hospitals, Telehealth, Lab Diagnostics, Biotechnology, Business Operations, and more.
Whether your team is overworked, under-staffed, or has gotten sick – take care of the ones that need your attention most and let us handle your coverage needs.
If you are in need of hiring support or know someone else that is, please call us today at (480) 939-3200!