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How to Find Nurses for Hire for Personal Use

Updated on December 17, 2012

Reasons for Hiring a Nurse

I recently had to find a nurse for my father as his health is deteriorating due to Parkinson's disease, a horrible disease that has affects thousands of people including celebrities like Michael J. Fox, and I wanted to share my experience to help other people in the same situation as me.

Of course, the reasons for wanting to hire a nurse will change from person-to-person but I believe that this page will be a good general start for anyone no matter the reason for hiring a nurse.

I will go over, the ways to find a nurse, the skills you should look for, the interview process and the contract.

What kind of Nurse do You Need?

Different Nurses for Different Needs

The first step I had to figure out was what kind of nurse my father would need

Would a Nurse Assistant be fine or would I need an actual registered nurse or another type of nurse?

In my case, I needed a registered nurse because my father's condition had deteriorated to the point where he was pass having minor motor disruptions and could not even use the bathroom by himself and stuck in a wheelchair. In most cases, a nurse assistant could have sufficed but because of his heart condition, I decided to go with a registered nurse.

The next step was to figure out the hours she would work

Did I need someone would would come 5 days a week and work a 9 to 5 shift, a person to help part time? Or did I need a live-in nurse, someone that was there around the clock and living at the house? This nurses for hire deal was becoming more complicated then I thought.

I chose to look for a full time live-in nurse and a part time one to cover the times the other nurse would be gone. Since I am unable to have my father move in with me, I needed to have someone around the clock and be a sort of companion to him.

Finding a Nurse

How to recruit a nurse using the internet and other methods

Now that I knew the type of nurse I needed, I just had to find a nurse. But where would I start.

Ways to FInd Nurses

I began first by placing ads in the newspapers but with no luck. The only people that answered the ad were nurse assistants. When you live in a small rural town, placing an ad in the local newspaper is not very effecitve as it only reached a small amount of people.

I tried the internet next by placing ads in job boards for nurses. I had some responses from nurses but my problem was that at the time, I did not really know how to go about checking if they were who they said they were.

I did check their credentials for 2 of them with the local nurse registration board but it's quite an effort to do that as you need a lot of documentation to check their records and its very time consuming. After that, I had to check their references and it was almost a dead end since hospital HR departments were not very friendly.

In the end, I gave up on finding a nurse myself and tried a health care staffing agency.

Finding a nursing agency to find nurses was quie a challenge as they are hundreds of them out there.

Because of this problem, I needed to find system that would allow me to narrow down my search. After a bit of research, I found some good places with information on finding nurses for hire using nurse staffing agencies and I found a great company to help me out.

The nurse staffing agency was a blessing in disguise. Within a week, I had been sent 12 nurses profile to review and the nice part is that they did all of the background checks and certifications. On top of that, I was able to see in their profile hobbies and other more personal information about each nurse.

From there, the process was simple where I ended up interviewing 3 of them before I made my decision.

The Cost

The cost of using a staffing agency was reasonable considering that it saved me a lot of time and effort but I must say that it is not for everyone. I probably could have saved myself some money if I kept placing ads in nursing job boards and tried other types of venues in my search for a nurse. However, time was also a factor as is often the case and I have no regrets about my decision. I do recommend, checking out average nurse salaries in your area before you sign the contract. Some nurse staffing agencies can really up the salary of the nurse.

The Outcome

A happy ending

So after 3 months looking for nurse for hire, I had found one that was a perfect match.

You are able to do the search yourself if you don't mind the leg work. Just make sure that you check all of their references, make sure they are certified to work in the state you are in, don't forget to get a criminal record and make sure that their personality matches that of the patient.

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