Optimize Nurse Staffing: Managed Service Provider with International Capabilities

November 26, 2022

As nursing shortages and turnover create growing gaps in domestic talent pools, healthcare systems have increasingly looked to internationally educated nurses as a vital long-term workforce stability solution. However, while essential, recruiting and assimilating global talent has undeniable complexities. This is where partnering with a specialized staffing agency makes all the difference. Especially in choosing a managed service provider (MSP), there are huge benefits to having both domestic and international capabilities.

An MSP with domestic and international nurse staffing delivers end-to-end support, from sourcing quality global talent to handling administrative burdens like visa processing and cultural training. This frees up health systems to focus squarely on patient care. The MSP combines short-term domestic staffing and long-term international hiring, offering improved cost savings, risk reduction, and data-driven flexibility. Read on to learn why this blended approach creates enduring workforce stability while easing transitional challenges.

The Long-term Impact of International Nurse Staffing

What is an Internationally Educated Nurse?

An internationally-trained nurse is a registered nurse who completed initial nursing education outside the United States. Over 200,000 international nurses currently deliver care across the American healthcare system. International healthcare professionals help fill urgent specialty skills gaps and provide long-term stability amidst an unpredictable domestic labor market.

These nurses complete a rigorous credentialing process, including exams, background checks, and any required supplemental coursework before receiving U.S. nursing licensure. Once fully credentialed and licensed at the same level as domestic RNs, international nurses take on similar nursing roles and responsibilities.

Common Responsibilities of an International Nurse

While daily tasks depend significantly on clinical specialty, core nursing responsibilities span assessment, care planning, medication administration, documentation, patient education, emergency response, and more.

Additionally, by signing contracts for 1- 3+ years, international healthcare professionals make long-term commitments to facilities based on niche skills and expertise required to elevate care. Regardless of role or unit, they can deliver enduring workforce stability where it’s needed most.

The Growing Need for International Nurses

Several factors make international nurse staffing an increasingly essential component for healthcare systems:

  • International nurses fill urgent specialty gaps where domestic supply falls chronically short, like ICU, OR, and oncology.
  • Multi-year contracts enhance enduring staff stability amidst census fluctuations.
  • International nurses bring a diversity of perspectives and cultural competencies, benefiting the workforce.

While vital, one healthcare staffing model can’t address all needs. This is where an MSP provides invaluable guidance on combined solutions.

Blended Workforce Planning for Optimal Stability

Managed service providers analyze historical hiring, retention, and turnover patterns alongside future expansion plans. This forecasts coverage gaps across specialties months and years out.

MSPs then model out the financial risks and benefits of adjusting staffing ratios across:

  • Permanent core staff
  • Internal float pools
  • External supplemental staff, including travel and international nurses

The outputs help make strategic tradeoffs between temporary coverage and long-term investments in permanent staff. The goal is stabilizing the entire workforce through right-sized international and domestic hires.

For immediate census spikes, short-term domestic staff bridge gaps while multi-year international pipeline development continues. This blended approach ensures both short and long-term stability needs are met through data-driven planning.

Reaping the Full Benefits of International Nurses through an MSP

Key Roles of an MSP in International Nurse Staffing

A managed service provider with domestic and international nurse staffing capabilities takes an analytics-based approach to optimize blended staffing plans. The MSP handles the administrative lift of sourcing global talent, relieving the burden on health systems.

Throughout international nurse recruitment and onboarding, MSPs have burdens like visa logistics, license processing, cultural training, and retention programming. This enables smooth, long-term workforce integration.

Heightened Impact Through MSP Partnership

The top benefits of using an MSP for optimized international staffing include:

  • Cost Savings: Economies of scale and consolidated vendor management deliver enduring talent at lower costs over multi-year horizons.
  • Risk Reduction: Comprehensive background checks, credentialing, and auditing cut compliance exposures.
  • Improved Flexibility: Blended workforce mix meets both short and long-term volume fluctuations and skills demand.
  • Enhanced Reporting: Powerful analytics model out the optimal ratios to balance temporary and permanent hires. This empowers data-driven decision-making on total workforce planning.

Sustained Stability through Blended Workforce Solutions

The growing use of international healthcare professionals in healthcare is vital for filling urgent specialty skills gaps while bringing valued diversity and perspective. While essential, integrating global talent has real complexities, from visa logistics to cultural assimilation.

This is where a specialized MSP makes all the difference through blended workforce planning and streamlined support services. The combined strengths of short and long-term hiring create sustained stability and flexibility for the optimal labor mix to meet patient care demands today and well into the future.

Your Journey with Health Carousel:

Choosing Health Carousel means choosing a partner invested in your domestic and international staffing success. We expand qualified global talent access, provide proven strategies, leverage cutting-edge analytics, and deliver innovative technology solutions. Through our vendor management system (VMS), we provide visibility across domestic staff as well as an understanding of where your international nurses are in their immigration journey to your hospital. If you're ready to elevate your international nurse strategy with a customized plan suited to the needs of your health system, request our services today.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What's the difference between an MSP and a VMS in international nurse staffing?

A VMS (Vendor Management System) is the technology platform that enables workflow automation, compliance, and data analytics in managing supplemental staffing including international nurses. The MSP (Managed Service Provider) is the specialized service provider that leverages VMS capabilities to implement optimized, blended staffing plans and handle end-to-end international hiring support.

Why partner with an MSP instead of managing international nurse staffing fully in-house?

While healthcare systems can manage international nurse staffing themselves, few have the global recruiting reach, tailored international support services, compliance resources, and data science for modeling optimal international-to-domestic staffing ratios over multi-year horizons. MSPs dedicated purely to the healthcare workforce enable this level of international hiring optimization.

What cultural training does Health Carousel provide to support international nurse assimilation?

Health Carousel has customized language and cultural training programs focused specifically on integrating international nurses into the American healthcare environment. This covers key differences in bedside manner norms, workplace conduct, clinical administration guidelines, and more based on the nurse's country of origin.

About Health Carousel

Health Carousel is committed to partnering with world-class healthcare facilities across the country, providing rewarding assignments for Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, and attracting the best internal talent at all career levels.