10 Questions Every Healthcare Candidate Asks

1. Why shouldn't I just apply directly to a hospital instead of working with SquadBuilders?

-The hospitals that we work with get thousands of applicants each and every month. It's hard for them to funnel through the needle in the haystack. That is where we come in. We have direct access to the hiring manager in order to get you an interview typically 24-48 hours after we submit your information to the hospital. We never discourage working directly with the hospitals. Working through us just makes the process quicker.

2. Does it cost me money to work with SquadBuilders?

-Absolutely not! That is one of the best things about us being recruiters. We are able to connect people with their dream jobs. Compensated by the hospitals, our core mission is to serve the healthcare organizations we work with as well as healthcare professionals. Basically, we connect good people with good jobs. 

3. Who pays me-the hospital or SquadBuilders?

-SquadBuilders is your employer while you are on contract, so you will be getting paid through us directly. The only difference though between you and any other healthcare professional at the hospital is where your paycheck comes from. 

4. What happens once the 13-week contract is up?

-We always encourage to get in contact with your recruiter as soon as possible to let them know what you would like to do once the contract is up. Typically around half way through the contract, the recruiter will see what you would like to do. At that point, we reach out to the hospital to see if that's possible. We never leave anyone hanging right before their contract is up. 

5. Are my hours and pay rate guaranteed?

-Your hours and pay are guaranteed. It is given to you in a written contract before you start. In the contract, it will include all of the details of your assignment  such as schedule, hours and pay. 

6. Is my assignment guaranteed by written contract?

-Once you sign our contract also known as the Healthcare Agreement,  it locks you in for the given time, usually 13 weeks.  So the Healthcare Agreement does guarantee your assignment. In order for you to begin your assignment however, you do have to pass through all of our pre-employment requirements.  This is our compliance which includes a mix of what the hospital and what Joint Commission requires. Examples include drug screen, paperwork, background check, etc. 

7. Do you offer benefits?

-We do offer a full benefits package. It includes medical, dental, vision and a supplemental life insurance policy. SquadBuilders covers 50% of the employee's premium cost for medical and dental and 100% of vision and basic life insurance. 

We do have a waiting period, just like any other employer. After 60 days of working for us, you can begin receiving your benefits. 

8. What hospitals do you work with?

-We work with some of the best healthcare organizations in the region. Locally, in the Kansas City area, is the largest amount of our customers. From level 1 trauma, teaching hospitals to level 2, level 3 and even level 4 trauma centers. We also work with some world class organizations down south in Texas as well as up north in Wisconsin. We work with many partners regionally. 

9. Will I still have orientation?

-Of course! Our customers (healthcare organizations) want to see success. They have put time and energy into the relationship with yourself and they realize it all begins with orientation. The first few days, you should expect to receive computer training and education on the customer. Once that is complete, you can then expect to work into the unit orientation. That is where you will get to see the nuts and bolts of the unit. Understand the people you will be working with directly as well as find out what the expectations are. 

10. Is the pay higher than what I'm making as a staff nurse?

-One benefit of working contract is that the pay is typically higher. However,  it does vary depending on the specialty, unit, as well as facility.

 

We hope to be able to build a relationship with you-whether you are looking to make a move now, 6 months or 2 years down the road. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you come across any questions or even if you would just like to have a relationship built for the future. 

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-SquadBuilders

A HEALTHY HABIT THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

We all have our habits, good and bad. One habit that can change your life for the better is eating your daily intake of vegetables.  When we were kids, that is one thing all of our parents tried to get us to eat more of- vegetables. They would make smiley faces out of the veggies or had us imagine that the broccoli looked like trees. They did that for a reason. Vegetables are so vital for human health. They hold so much nutrients that our body needs. The older we get, the more we appreciate vegetables. June 17th is “National Eat your Vegetables Day”. A day to remind everyone that eating your daily intake of veggies is so important.

Vegetable Benefits: 

   Carrots:

·   Improves vision

·         Reduce the risk of lung cancer

·         Reduce the risk of heart disease

·         Promotes healthy skin

·         Cleanses the body

 

Spinach:

·         Promotes healthy hair and skin

·         Lowers Blood Pressure

·         Promotes Healthy Digestive Tract

·         Helps manage Diabetes

 

 Bell Peppers:

·         Reduce risk of certain chronic illnesses

·         Reduce risk of age-related eye disorders

·         Supports strong immune system

·         Reduce of heart disease and diabetes

 

Broccoli:

·         Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

·   Great Detox

·         Improves Cancer Prevention

·         Cardiovascular Support

·         Supports Digestive Tract

 

As you can see, these are just a few of the benefits vegetables have.  Don’t just nibble on veggies once a week, make sure to eat the recommended amount every day. It’s a habit that can truly change your life.

Your daily routine are your habits, so make them positive. It’s never too late to alter your lifestyle. Your habits can impact your family life, health and career. So, make sure to: spend more time with family, eat more veggies and if you aren’t happy with where you are working, change it up! SquadBuilders has great opportunities for anyone that is in the healthcare industry. We truly enjoy helping people like you make that positive change. It’s a healthy habit that can make an impact on your life for the better.  Contact us today if you are ready to make that leap. You won’t regret it, just like you won’t regret eating your veggies.

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-SquadBuilders

 

Stay Sun-Safe this Summer

Summer is finally here and all of the fun that comes with it! I’m sure you and your family have big plans for summer. If it involves being outdoors though, don’t forget one thing-sunscreen. Sunscreen is so important year-round, but especially for the summer months; whether you and your family are out by the pool, camping or going for a hike, please use it. It’s easy to forget, but it can definitely benefit you short and long term if you use sunscreen. Here’s why:

Sun Damage-Not only is it unhealthy, it is definitely noticeable. It is said that 80% of our skin’s aging is from the sun.  Sun damage can create wrinkles, dark spots and dryness to the skin. It’s hard to repair damage that is already there, so it’s best if you use sunscreen any chance possible.

Recommendations:

Learn how to shop for the perfect sunscreen. It is recommended that when buying sunscreen, to get 30 SPF or higher.  Below that number and you may not get the full protection that your skin needs. Also, make sure the sunscreen you pick out protects against UVA & UVB radiation. If not, your skin may not be protected against skin cancer.

TIPS:

  • Stay inside or in the shade during the hottest periods of the day: 10 am-3 pm.

  • Wear a hat. Even though it may not protect your entire body, it’ll at least protect your face.

  • Wear sunglasses that have UV absorption in order to not only protect the eyes, but the skin around the eyes.

  •  Reapply sunscreen every two hours.

  • For those that wear makeup: there is makeup-foundation that has SPF in it, that way you have less to worry about in the morning. Check out Estee Lauders BB Crème.

  • If you are fair complected, be more cautious out in the sun because you are more susceptible to sun burns and skin cancer.

Click here to learn more about sun safety.

This summer, the sun isn’t the only thing hot; so is the healthcare job market. According to CNBC- Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists and Home Health Aides are in the top 9 Most In Demand Jobs for 2017. Looking for a career advancement? We work with some of the top hospitals in the region while also having many options depending on what you are looking for: contract, temp-hire and direct hire. 

 Enjoy your summer and stay sun-safe.

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-SquadBuilders

Spotlight: Employee of the Month! Meet Kristin!

As we welcomed the new year, we introduced a new feature to our blog. It's Spotlight: Employee of the Month- and we are shining the spotlight squarely on the very reason we exist- the wonderful, hard-working employees that we place each and every day.  You'll meet folks from all walks of life, many who have never used a recruiting firm like SquadBuilders before.

You might even read about someone that sounds just like you!  #JoinTheSquad

Name: Kristin

Profession: Registered Nurse

How many years in the industry? 2 years

1.  What drew you to SquadBuilders? 

I really wasn't looking for a new job, but once I started talking to Ashleigh, my recruiter, she made me realize there were many amazing opportunities to expand my career. With her help and encouragement, I discovered my passion to pursue bigger dreams in my career as a nurse.

2. What do you like most about working with SquadBuilders? 

I think what I like most about SquadBuilders is the fact that it is a small, family-owned business. Everyone treats you like family; you aren't just a number there. They aren't "head hunters," they treat you like family and I know that Ashleigh has my back and my best interests in mind. She always reaches out to see how the job is going or if I need anything. You don't find that with many employers.

3. What do you like to do outside of work? 

I love to spend time with my husband and our dogs doing things outdoors. We have land that we ride our four wheelers and side-by-side on with friends and family. When it's summer time, I spend my free time by our pool reading a good book. I enjoy fishing and hunting too, though I'm not very good at it.. 

4. What is your favorite part of working in Nursing? 

I love that everyday there is more and more advancement in medicine to provide the best care for our patients. My favorite part of my job is patient education. So many patients that I see are anxious for the procedure they are getting and it is my job to develop a trusting relationship with them. I love educating patients so that they understand exactly what we will be doing and help ease their anxiety and know that I will be right by there side through it all. When I get that "thank you" or "you took such great care of me," that is what makes the difficult times worth it.

5. What is your favorite quote?

"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." -Christian D. Larson

SquadBuilders: Building strong partnerships

At SquadBuilders, strong relationships are the heart and soul of our business. Whether we are helping clients get properly staffed with high-quality employees or helping our employees launch the career of their dreams, it’s the people who make a difference in our business. This is why we focus so heavily on building strong partnerships and establishing trusting relationships.

We have built our business on:

Top-quality service: Our goal is for every client to feel like they are #1 in our book. Whether it is the service we provide making a staffing match, or through sending committed, qualified and competent staff to meet the clients’ needs. We believe in our employees, and we make every effort to make the best staffing matches possible to ensure a great fit. We think this is why we have so many client referrals…and we thank our clients for spreading the word!

Patience: Each of our clients is unique, and relationships take time to develop. This is why we take the time to get to know each of our clients, in order to deliver the best service and create the best matches.

We know our industry: With more than 25 years in the healthcare staffing industry in Kansas City, we understand what it takes to get the job done…and get it done well!

Results-Oriented: When our clients or our employees call on us to help, they need solutions. In fact, thanks to our highly trained staffing coordinators, our team is on standby, ready to serve our nurses in any way possible to ensure an excellent experience. And, as we know, a happy employee makes for a great experience for our clients!

As we like to say at SquadBuilders, like an old friend, we are always here for you. If your organization needs additional staffing assistance, call us at (913) 871-0047, or contact us online. We look forward to working alongside you to best meet your organization’s goals!

#JoinTheSquad

-RV

Skilled Healthcare Job Opportunities Continue to Rise in Kansas City

A few weeks ago, I talked about many of the things that make Kansas City so great in Kansas City: A hidden gem we’re proud to call home. Trust me, if you ask anyone around here about their favorite KC BBQ, and you’ll have a good debate going about which one is best in just a few minutes!

While we love our BBQ, Kansas City offers so much more than good food, great people, and fun things to do. One of our greatest strengths is a long-term plan under development to further strengthen our region’s economic development, which will result in more skilled job opportunities in our city.

The great news for our employees, according to a recent article in the Kansas City Business Journal, healthcare workers – including nursing and home health aides, and healthcare IT – are high on the list of the  fastest-growing occupations in the Kansas City area. And each of these job categories offer hundreds of open positions in Kansas City. 

Even better news is the fact that our city is looking at ways to continue growing the Kansas City region’s economic growth, and, more important, mapping out ways to grow a highly-skilled workforce to take on those positions. This initiative is being led by a group called KC Rising.

KC Rising wants to “fully realize Kansas City’s economic potential by targeting high growth in trade, people and ideas.” Something we like to hear at SquadBuilders.

The time is right: There is really no better time to connect with us at SquadBuilders. Whether you are a job seeker, looking to enhance your healthcare IT or nursing career, or an employer seeking highly qualified staff, SquadBuilders can create the right fit for you or your organization.

Contact us today to access Kansas City’s incredible career growth opportunities!  #JoinTheSquad

-RV

Spotlight: Employee of the Month! Meet Lesley!

As we welcomed the new year, we introduced a new feature to our blog. It's Spotlight: Employee of the Month- and we are shining the spotlight squarely on the very reason we exist- the wonderful, hard-working employees that we place each and every day.  You'll meet folks from all walks of life, many who have never used a recruiting firm like SquadBuilders before.

You might even read about someone that sounds just like you!  #JoinTheSquad

Name: Lesley

Profession: Registered Nurse

How many years in the industry? 8 years

1.  What drew you to SquadBuilders? 

The opportunities SquadBuilders had to offer along with getting in the door with Kansas City hospitals.

2. What do you like most about working with SquadBuilders? 

Ashleigh is amazing to work with. She stays in touch and is always available to me when I have questions.

3. What do you like to do outside of work? 

Outside of work I love to be outside and spending time with my family. 

4. What is your favorite part of working in Nursing? 

I enjoy being able to help patients during hard times.  I also like knowing that I can help put patients' and families' fears at ease before and after procedures. 

5. What is your favorite quote?

"With pain comes strength"

Happy National Nurses Week from SquadBuilders!

This National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2017, we are more than happy to have the opportunity to talk about what makes nurses so special.

Here are the SquadBuilders Top 10 Reasons Why Nurses are Amazing:

1.       Compassion: Nurses go beyond the medicine, providing comfort and care for patients in need of a friendly smile or a little extra attention.

2.        Teamwork: No one beats nurses when it comes to being a team player. Nurses are adept at working with an ever-changing team throughout their work shift.

3.       Humor: Nurses often bring their sense of humor to the job to lighten a difficult moment, or just make a patient smile during the day.

4.       Passion: Nursing is a labor of love by people who are passionate about what they do. These caretakers work long hours, sometimes with patients who don’t always want to cooperate. Yet they remain upbeat and ready to go each day…we love their passion and commitment!

5.       Positive attitude: Nurses bring a positive attitude to celebrate the good moments and get patients through the bad ones.

6.       Physical endurance: Nursing is a physically demanding job. Whether successfully giving a shot to a wriggling child or helping mobilize an elderly patient, nurses just keep going!

7.       Emotional strength: Nurses work with vulnerable patients all the time. Yet they come to work each day fortified with incredible coping skills, which they often share with their patients.

8.       Adaptability: One of the things many of our nurses enjoy about their career path is the flexible work hours and work environments available to them. We don’t know if there is any correlation, but we have noticed that nurses are versatile, adaptable, and simply “make it work,” in any situation.

9.       Cool, Calm and Collected: Nurses are well trained, and know what to do in any emergency situation.

10.   Trust: Above all, nurses make patients feel special by connecting with them and going above and beyond the call of duty to establish a trusting relationship. Time and time again, we’ve heard stories about our nurses going the extra mile – celebrating a patient’s birthday in the hospital, or responding quickly to an anxious parent who is worried about a sick child.

Thanks to all of our incredible nurses for all you do!