I work at an out patient clinic in Mesa, AZ and we are constantly short-staffed on PCT's. When I was fortunate enough to be hired as a new grad nurse I worked the floor for 8 months as a PCT because we were so short staffed. At the time I loathed it but the techs I worked with all have about 10 years of experience each and they all had exceptional team work skills so I learned a whole lot in a very short time. I learned so much working on the floor about the machines and getting to know the patients that when I transitioned over to the nursing side it really wasn't that much of an issue.
So my question is to the charge nurses, clinical managers, and HR reps is where are you getting your new hires from? Do you use jobbing websites, staffing agencies, do you advirtise?
I've never seen an advirtisement for any dialysis clinic in any nursing magazine or had a rep come to my college where I was graduating from to let me know of dialysis opportunities. I have this perception that dialysis as a whole is missing out some great new grad nurses and techs coming out of reputable nursing and CNA programs. If outpatient clinics as a whole are short staffed in techs or nurses, where is the recruiting effort?
Dec 14, '11
Fresenius in my area has humungous billboards up all over town.
They also advertise in the paper and on the web.
Dec 14, '11
We advertise in local papers and online when necessary. We have several dialysis tech schools
in the area so we rarely have the need to do any ads (unless we want previous experience.) I will say, even though these techs have no clinical experience, the class does a great job with theory and they do very well on their certification tests.