The end of summer has arrived. As hard as it is to believe (and as much as we don’t want to think about it) — fall and winter are right around the corner. Most lab directors recognize that summer often makes it challenging to keep their facilities fully staffed with qualified pathologists’ assistants and histotechs. School breaks and summer vacations add an extra layer of complexity to lab staffing on a temporary, temp-to-perm, and permanent basis.
Start the Lab Staffing Process Early for Fall and Winter Coverage
Yes, summer typically brings with it an upswing in lab staffing gaps as employees plan time away from work to refresh, relax, and re-energize. As a result, many lab leaders ramp up their recruiting efforts in the spring to ensure coverage through Labor Day. However, maintaining well-staffed pathology and histology labs throughout the year requires advanced planning — and now is a great time to begin strategizing for temporary and permanent coverage in your lab for the upcoming fall and winter months.
Continue Your Efforts Into Spring
At Nicklas Medical Staffing, we know firsthand that it’s never too soon to begin planning for an upcoming season of staffing experienced pathologists’ assistants and histotechs. Here are just a few reasons why we recommend our lab leaders start the staffing process now to get them through the end of the year:
Time is on Your Side
Nicklas Medical Staffing’s team of skilled lab staffing professionals understands that finding the right PAs and HT/HTLs for every open lab position takes time. Sourcing, screening, and ultimately hiring the right pathologists’ assistants and histotechs for your lab require careful planning and execution for success. Starting the process as soon as possible enables us to develop a customized, proactive hiring plan for labs based on their specific coverage instead of reactively trying to backfill positions after an employee leaves.
Reduced Hiring Pressure
Starting the process now for fall and winter coverage can eliminate the need to hire under pressure. You’ll have an opportunity to review the best available talent before making a final decision. Most importantly, you’ll have the ability to determine if a temporary, temp-to-perm, or permanent resource delivers the best fit for any of your open positions. However, if you do find yourself in a last-minute hiring pinch, that’s okay too. At Nicklas Medical Staffing, our vetted network of qualified pathologists’ assistants and histotechs equips us to quickly identify top-tier lab talent for both temporary and permanent opportunities.
Flexibility for the Unexpected
Best of all, hiring now for the fall and winter significantly increases your ability to adapt to unforeseen staffing gaps that go beyond seasonal vacations and holiday coverage. Starting the process means you’ll have consistent access to a pool of available candidates that can prove invaluable if an unexpected gap occurs in your lab. Proactively planning for the coverage you know you’ll need can result in faster fill rates on the coverage you don’t know you need — yet.
Let Nicklas Medical Staffing Help Keep Your Lab Staffed This Fall and Winter
Nicklas Medical Staffing helps labs of every size develop a customized lab staffing coverage plan to maintain output in every season. Contact us today to learn more about using our travel and permanent PAs and histotechs in your lab this fall and winter.