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5 Things To Ask A Nurse Before You Hire Them

5 Things To Ask A Nurse Before You Hire Them

Are you looking to hire a nurse for your medical business? It’s essential to make sure that you’re hiring the right person for the job. After all, this is someone who will be responsible for the health and well being of your patients. 

But how do you know if they are qualified and experienced enough? What about their availability and rates? 

In today’s post, we’ll provide you with five questions to ask a nurse before hiring them, so that you can feel confident in your decision and find the best candidate possible. 

Question 1— What qualifications and experience do you have?

When considering hiring a nurse, it’s important to ask about their qualifications and experience. This will give you an idea of their level of expertise in the field and whether they have the necessary skills for your needs.

First, inquire about education and training. This includes where they received their nursing degree, what type of program they completed, and any additional certifications or specializations they may have.

Next, ask about their work experience. Find out how long they’ve been working as a nurse and what types of patients or medical conditions they have experience with.

It’s also important to ask about any ongoing professional development activities the nurse engages in such as attending conferences or participating in continuing education courses.

Question 2— What are your availability and scheduling requirements?

The second crucial question to ask a nurse before hiring them is about their availability and scheduling requirements. Depending on your needs, you may require a nurse who can work flexible hours or someone available for overnight shifts.

It’s important to discuss these details upfront with the candidate so that there are no surprises down the line. Be clear about your expectations and ask what kind of schedule they prefer. This will make it easier to determine if there is a good fit between both parties.

Another aspect to consider is whether the nurse has other commitments that could affect their availability. For example, if they have family obligations or another job, it’s important to know how this might impact their ability to work for you.

In addition, it’s essential to discuss any potential conflicts in advance such as vacation time or holidays. Don’t forget that communication should be an ongoing process when working with nurses, particularly when unexpected situations arise.

Question 3— What Are Your Salary Requirements?

Another important factor is salary requirements. It’s crucial to have a clear understanding of how much you’ll be paying for their services so that there won’t be any surprises or misunderstandings later on.

Always remember that price shouldn’t be the only factor when choosing a nurse. Quality of care and experience are equally important considerations, so make sure to weigh all these factors carefully before making your decision.

Question 4— Do You Have Liability Insurance?

This question may only be important for nurses in some environments, but still an important question nonetheless. This type of insurance protects both the nurse and the client in case an accident or injury occurs during the provision of care.

Liability insurance provides coverage for things like malpractice, negligence, and errors in judgment that may result in harm to a patient. It also covers legal fees and damages if a lawsuit is filed against the nurse.

Without liability insurance, both parties are at risk for financial repercussions. If an accident were to occur, it could become costly not only financially but emotionally as well.

It’s always best to hire a nurse who has taken steps to protect themselves and their clients by obtaining liability insurance. This shows that they take their job seriously and are committed to providing safe care.

Question 5— What Are Your Methods For Dealing With Difficult Behaviors?

Dealing with difficult behaviors is an inevitable part of being a nurse. Patients may exhibit challenging behaviors due to various reasons such as pain, anxiety, or confusion. Therefore, it’s crucial for nurses to have effective methods in handling these situations.

One positive method is active listening. This involves paying close attention to the patient’s verbal and nonverbal cues and responding appropriately. By doing so, patients feel heard and understood which can help de-escalate their behavior.

Another approach is distraction techniques. For instance, if a patient becomes agitated during a procedure, they might ask them questions about their favorite hobbies or interests to shift their focus away from the discomfort they are experiencing.

In cases where patients become physically aggressive, safety measures should be taken immediately. This includes calling for assistance from other healthcare professionals or security personnel if necessary.

It’s also essential to document any incidents thoroughly and report them promptly according to hospital policies and procedures.

Hiring Nurses Now? Give Us A Call, We Can Help.

Hiring a nurse or nurses is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Asking the right questions can help you find the best candidate for your needs and ensure that you and your loved ones receive high-quality care.

Remember to ask about their qualifications and experience, availability and scheduling requirements, rates, liability insurance, as well as methods for dealing with difficult behaviors. By doing so, you’ll have all the necessary information to make an informed decision.

Or, you could just call us. We take a lot of the hard work out of finding medical staff for your business so you can focus on the important issues like patient care. We can find you excellent candidates in this hard market, and pride ourselves on finding the best nurses for your business. 

By calling us at (321) 353-8310 we can put you on the way towards receiving top-notch candidates who truly understand what it takes to deliver quality service.

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Born in Chicago, Frank moved to the Orlando area in 2012. As SMG Healthcare Recruiters Director of Recruiting, Frank works directly with the talented people we recruit as well as interacting with clients to ensure their needs are met and their expectations are surpassed. Frank feels blessed to have the opportunity to help build the family business and to be engaged in important work that plays to his professional and personal strengths. Frank says, “Helping people find gainful employment in an industry so full of passion for helping others is truly rewarding.” Like his father, Frank Jr. has experience working in behavioral healthcare in business development. In his leisure time, Frank Jr. coaches a nationally recognized high school baseball team in Winter Park, Florida. He also enjoys fishing, relaxing on the beach, cookouts and watching Chicago sports.

Michael Severino

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Born in Woodridge, IL, Michael moved to Florida in 2014 and has been working with SMG Healthcare Recruiters since 2016. As COO, Michael helps see to SMG & Associates’ daily operations and ensures that clients get everything they need and more. One of his favorite parts of the job is working with people, especially helping candidates reach their highest potential. Michael considers himself extremely fortunate in having the chance to build the family business with his dad and brother, Frank Jr. Michael says, “I really enjoy working with my family. My father is my hero and being able to learn from him everyday is an opportunity that most people don’t have.” Michael currently lives in St. Cloud, FL with his wife and two bulldogs, Buca and Ozzie. In his down time, Michael enjoys boating and jet skiing. He is a technology enthusiast and is currently learning how to code in HTML, Javascript and LUA.

Frank B. Severino, Sr.

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Born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, Frank moved to Orlando, Florida in 2017. A founding member of SMG & Associates, he has been with the company since its very first day in 2019. Frank brings extensive experience in the Mental Health, Eating Disorder and Substance Abuse treatment field to SMG’s long list of strengths, working as the Executive VP of Business Development for RiverMend Health and as Regional Director for Lakeview Health. 

The move into healthcare recruiting seemed like fate to Frank as he has spent the bulk of his career working in either recruiting and staffing or mental health treatment. The decision to merge the two into the venture that became SMG Healthcare Recruiters came naturally. It allowed him to leverage his greatest strengths and provide truly exceptional service to the healthcare industry. 

Frank understands just how important filling positions with the right people is in the healthcare area because he’s seen the process from every angle. He lives in Sarasota, Florida with Karen, his wife of 38 years and is blessed to work with his sons, Frank and Michael in building SMG Healthcare Recruiters. His son Joseph has recently joined the firm and is learning the recruiting field as a candidate screener. Additionally, Frank leads our staffing company, “Pinnacle Staffing Resources”. He serves as an Advisory Board Member for the N.O.W. Matters More Foundation. He divides his free time between various passions including boating, fishing and golf and work with his church.