Our San Antonio and Austin teams volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank's Community Kitchen on the Haven for Hope campus. The group prepared food, packed lunches, cleaned the kitchen, and served dinner to 439 at-risk individuals and families residing at the shelter. The team says that meeting the people they were serving and listening to their stories was a humbling and moving experience.
At HealthTrust Workforce Solutions (HWS), we are driven by our desire to connect amazing people with career opportunities that fulfill their passion. Not only does this mean finding career opportunities for nurses and other healthcare professionals, but also for people interested in corporate career opportunities.
One of our most rewarding career paths at HWS is in the area of travel recruitment. Our travel recruiters are responsible for setting up nurses with travel assignments in cities across the country. As HWS is a fully-owned subsidiary of HCA Healthcare, our travel recruiters have unparalleled access to travel assignments at HCA facilities that nurses won't find anywhere else. Each travel assignment is about 13 weeks in length, so travel recruiters must help each nurse find a new assignment about four times per year, typically before the nurse's current assignment ends.
"Travel recruiting allows you the opportunity to change lives," says Joi Crockett, Director of Travel for HWS. "You are assisting in placing high demand healthcare professionals in understaffed hospitals to care for critically ill patients."
The U.S. workforce added 223,000 new jobs in May, nearly 17% higher than the 12 month average of 191,000. Healthcare was one of the largest contributors to this growth with an increase that was in line with the industry's monthly average. During this same time, the national unemployment rate fell from 3.9% to 3.8% while the healthcare unemployment rate remained unchanged.
May is Military Appreciation Month! We would like to thank all of the active, reserve, and veteran members of the armed forces who serve our country. We would also like to thank all the veterans who stopped by our booth at the Veterans Construction Job Fair to chat with two veterans of our own, Christopher Cannella and Olivier Civil.
Our Nashville team recently visited their local Ronald McDonald House! Together, the team cooked breakfast for the 30 families who were staying at the home. We'd like to thank our Nashville office for a job well done!
HWS VP of Enterprise Consulting Rich Lopez was recently honored by Mississippi State University's Bagley College of Engineering as a distinguished fellow for his commitment to the field of engineering. Rich began his career as a productivity engineer and now is part of our inSight Advisory services, where he works to optimize staff deployment, implement core hiring strategy, and more.
Our parent company, HCA Healthcare, recently shared a plan to invest $300 million in nursing benefits over the next three years. In addition, HCA is putting $10.5 billion dollars toward facility expansion and upgrades.
In addition to thanking the nurses who dedicate their lives to helping others, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped to make Nurses Week special. Check out our photos from Nurses Week celebrations across the country!
As Nurses Week nears its conclusion, we'd like to thank each and every one of our nurses for their dedication to care. On behalf these extraordinary individuals, we have made a donation to the DAISY Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of nursing.
We are proud to present Raluca Khrino with the DAISY Award! Raluca exhibited extraordinary care and expertise in helping a patient at Plantation General Hospital.