Many hospitals need to learn how to recruit and hire people. It seems that when "Personnel" departs became "Human Resources" departments, they forgot their purpose (to recruit, hire, and retain PERSONNEL).
I just went through a job search and found one
at a nearby hospital. One hospital to which I applied sat on the application for more than a week. Another place still has not called any of the applicants back following our interviews (standard procedure there, I am told). The third place took my application, interviewed me within two days, arranged for the interview with two Dept. Managers almost immediately, and made me an offer a day later. Place #3 got the full-time nurse (me) and was most professional in so doing. It was like they were running a successful business
! I will be doing some per-diem at the first place; I finally heard from them today.
By the way, the first place usually places ads in the area's newspapers, then tells people they are not hiring. They also have told prospective applicants to hand their apps in "at the switchboard desk out front." This, of course, does wonders for general confidentiality
Many HR departments really need to change their names back to"Personnel". Next, they need to put a sign reading "Personnel" on the door through which they enter their department at the start of their shift. This may jog their (collective) memory and give them a clue about what they are supposed to be doing.
Some of this may sound radical, but I worked in business in one of my previous lives. In the company that employed me prior to my Nursing career, serving the customer and working with each other were top priorities.