Budgeting for the Cost of School Healthcare Employment
Across the nation, school systems are struggling under the weight of the rising costs of providing health services for the more than 6.4 million students receiving nursing or therapy services as part of their general or special education program. Determining the total cost of school healthcare employment can be difficult, in part because not every state reports the costs for student support services the same way. National averages can be used as a starting point, but stipends, unemployment claims, retirement plans, and benefits vary from state to state. Recruiting costs are another variable and can be a big one depending on staff size, professional association commitments, and advertising spend. Turnover costs can be as much as double as the salary of an employee. Low productivity can also create costs that are hard to account for. The US Department of Labor states that flexible employees are productive up to 90% while regular staff typically are productive only 65% to 70% of their workday.
Cost and value are different things. Going with a healthcare staffing agency can provide more value by being able to find better-qualified clinical school professionals, per diem coverage, less administrative work, and convenience. In addition to those basic benefits, a healthcare staffing agency can also provide flexibility. Staffing solutions, increased retention, access to more clinical school professionals, etc. Healthcare staffing agencies specialize in recruiting and retention. Efficiency, expertise, and scale provide even more value.
Comparing costs between staffing in-house and using a staffing agency can be difficult. At Supplemental Health Care, we take the time to fully understand your needs and then partner with you to compare the numbers. In addition to respecting the importance of your budget constraints, we also want to ensure that we are providing your schools with the right healthcare professional. Because we take the time to fully understand your needs and your current team dynamics, we can successfully place a school professional who not only has the skills and experience you need but also fits into your established culture.
With more than 30 years of experience, a nation-wide presence, and a deep understanding of the unique challenges that school systems are facing in providing education services, our solutions-based approach is customized to meet the specific needs of our partners. We know your needs can change due to any number of factors, and our process goes much deeper than just filling job orders and moving onto the next client. We are a true partner in our consistent communication through weekly calls and regular performance reviews.
For more information about how Supplemental Health Care’s Schools Division can help you with improved cost certainty and effective administrative assistance in providing your district or students? with talented school healthcare professionals, contact Keiley Giboney by email at email@example.com or call her at 206-713-0885.