Quick Tips to Attract the Right Perioperative Nurses

Publish Date: May 23, 2018


How do you attract perioperative nursing staff who will be a great, and lasting, fit for your facility?

Consider these tips for recruitment.

  • A strong recruitment strategy depends on an intellectual and emotional connection. With every communication, whether it’s through ads, email, or telephone calls, be prepared with compelling reasons for why they’d want to work for you. Keep your communications honest and open while you acknowledge their passion for perioperative nursing, highlight opportunities for professional development and recognize their desire for work/life balance.
  • Smart candidates consider culture in their job search. Showcase how, with you, they will be a valued member of a team that is committed to a culture of safety for patients and health care workers. Are you a Magnet recognized facility, are there other awards or recognitions to boast about? A little bragging can make all the difference.
  • Feature your benefits. Medical coverage is assumed; what do you provide that will support their work and advance their career? Do you fund continuing education, AORN membership, or certification? Your communications should identify these highly valued perks.
  • Tell candidates how you’ll ease their transition to the new job and facility. Consider a “buddy system” for your onboarding process, tapping your best employees as guides for helping new employees adjust to your workplace and culture. (And, remember to reward those mentors.)

Your best candidates demonstrate both IQ and EI (emotional intelligence) – and there are many channels of communication to reach them. Don’t overlook social media, especially LinkedIn. Of course, AORN’s newsletters and customized emails reach 40,000 perioperative nurses to give you direct access to experienced nurses who may be considering a change.

For consultation and support with communications to attract the best perioperative nurse hires – contact Susan Becia, AORN Career Center Manager, email sbecia@aorn.org or call 800-755-2676, x 434.