Monthly Archives: March 2013

WA State is serious about integrating veterans into the civilian healthcare workforce

Washington Statewide Office of Rural Health, lead by the efforts of the Western Washington Area Health Education Center, has been awarded a planning grant to integrate military veterans with healthcare employment experience into the civilian healthcare workforce.

Washington State is 10th in the nation for the number of returning veterans reentering the civilian workforce. At Joint Base Lewis McCord returning soldiers are re-entering civilian life at a rate of 600 per month for the next 5 years. Many of the returning veterans have been trained in a healthcare field. Of those returning 32% are unemployed. Of those Veterans returning with specific skills, education and experience in healthcare 39% are unemployed. In June 2012, at the Washington State Hospital Association’s (WSHA) rural hospital conference, interest by rural hospital administrators in employing veterans was overwhelmingly positive.

The Steering committee will identify intermediate steps needed for successful reintegration of armed forces personnel from military service into the civilian healthcare workforce. Identified steps may include: career counseling, job shadowing opportunities, refresher courses, retraining or bridge courses, and identifying general licensure/certification issues that may need to be addressed for veterans to have a smooth transition from military service to rural healthcare employment.

Contact Western Washington Area Health Education Center ( for more information.

reblogging – Social media crisis management in healthcare

Came across a very well written blog everyone should be reading – a perfect look at social media and healthcare, and what hospitals/clincs/doctors need to be doing for their relationship with patients.

The customer/patient has become media: Customers and patients were always satisfied or dissatisfied, and usually shared their experiences with friends and family. Nothing new there. What has changed now is that their friends are now on Facebook, and what they write can easily be published and reach thousands of people and spread like wildfire in a matter of minutes. Data published on shows that 34 per cent of bloggers voice their opinion on brands, and that 25 per cent of search results for the world’s top 20 brands are for user generated content.

Read more: Social media crisis management in healthcare

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The 3 most important interview questions

As a headhunter, I always ask 3 questions that force the Prospect to ascertain their priorities.

  1. How much do you want to make?
    1. New York salary vs. Memphis COL
  2. Where do you want to live?
    1. Safe place for a home with a yard for the kids?
    2. Recreation & cultural pursuits?
  3. What do you want to do?
    1. Short and long term goals?

Once they agree that finding a balance is necessary, the conversation becomes easy. We talk through the alternatives and differentiate between their needs, wants and desires. It’s a wonderful bonding tool where the Prospect feels valued, and becomes a Candidate that’s pre-closed on a move! And it’s also an easy way to engage their spouse, which severely reduces last minute ‘we changed our mind’ conversations about relocation.

As an employer, when hiring for a specific need I evaluate candidates as if it was a 1099 contract position. But when I’m hiring for a role in my company (Operations, Sales, Administrative, IT) I’m primarily interested in the long term fit and these same 3 questions are applicable.

Prospects that don’t cooperate? I love sending them to my competitors!