How Mission Search is Helping the Radiation Oncology Staffing Shortage
In today’s competitive job market, it’s increasingly difficult for healthcare facilities to fill all open clinical positions. Radiation oncology is especially critical. Fresh research published in the BMJ, a peer-reviewed medical trade journal, warns that shortages of radiology and oncology staff are putting cancer patients at risk. Mission Search is dedicated to closing that gap.
For more than 25 years, we’ve been placing high-impact radiation oncology professionals in the nation’s leading cancer hospitals. It’s our passion because it meets three crucial needs:
- It provides healthcare providers with the support they need to run smoothly.
- This, in turn, improves patient care, which is the most important purpose.
- It helps qualified candidates find fulfilling jobs where they can learn and grow.
How Severe Are Radiation Oncology Staffing Shortages?
The need for staffing services has never been greater. The demand for medical imaging, for example, is expected to continue increasing, according to the American College of Radiology. Healthcare providers are feeling the pressure to meet patient needs, but don’t have the resources to do so. A recent survey of 33,000 healthcare workers in California found that 83% of respondents are understaffed.
It’s presenting unique challenges for healthcare facilities.
- Staff shortages can negatively impact patient care.
- The overall patient experience can also be affected. Longer wait times and less one-on-one attention is becoming the norm. For people battling a cancer diagnosis, these things can feel especially difficult.
- Reputation management is equally important. Close to three-quarters of patients read online reviews when looking for a new healthcare provider.
Multiple factors are fueling staff shortages. Many workers are suffering from burnout; others are getting older and moving toward retirement. This highlights the importance of preparing the next generation of workers to take their place.
Mission Search is Here to Help
Radiation oncology is our specialty — and our experience in the field is unmatched. We’ve spent decades developing strong, organic relationships within the industry, and are trusted among clinicians and healthcare faciltiies alike. Radiation oncology recruiters at Mission Search go above and beyond to uncover today’s top talent, maintaining and developing a thriving candidate pool.
We understand that it isn’t a one-and-done deal, and that the work doesn’t end when a candidate is placed in a role. It’s about sustaining and nurturing those relationships over the long haul.
The truth is that this industry is ever evolving. People retire or move on to new roles. Needs change within organizations. Patient volume ebbs and flows. Mission Search understands the nature of the work and takes a people-first approach to staffing. Radiation oncology is a major focus for us — and we’ve got boots on the ground working hard every day for clients and candidates.
Successful partnerships with healthcare staffing agencies requires a deep understanding that every facility is different. Critical access hospitals are a great example. These smaller, rural healthcare facilities need interim and permanent leadership professionals who understand the challenges of this unique environment. No matter what type of facility you manage, finding the right workers to add to your team is no small task. Mission Search takes the time to listen to your pain points and goals, then creates a recruitment strategy that’s tailored to your needs. While large recruitment firms often rely on automation, that’s just not how we do things.
Mission Search is a healthcare recruitment firm that’s proudly devoted to radiation oncology. That includes helping healthcare facilities find qualified interim leadership. It’s a candidate-driven market right now, and it looks as though that trend is here to stay for the foreseeable future. We match clients to experienced candidates who are ready to hit the ground running. Whether you’re a healthcare provider or a candidate looking for your next opportunity, Mission Search is here to support you.