Task Force to Form Recruitment, Retention and Education Subcommittees

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, human resource leaders of area healthcare organizations convened for a Lunch & Learn series delivered by the recently relaunched Workforce Task Force of Las Vegas HEALS. The keynote speaker was Dr. John Packham, Nevada’s top expert on Healthcare Workforce matters. Dr. Packham delivered a one-hour presentation highlighting several of his reports and findings on physician, nursing, and allied health shortages in Nevada (click here for PowerPoint presentation).

John Packham

The Task Force has had success in the past when it assisted in doubling the nursing programs in Nevada as well as created the Healthcare 2020 Program, which developed nurse residency programs in southern Nevada. The Task Force also attended nursing career fairs in cities across the country. At the meeting, the group discussed its upcoming goals for 2019 by its’ newly appointed Task Force leaders.

Meeting Summary:

  • The Board of Directors recently appointed new Task Force Leaders
    • Jim Andres – Vice President of Human Resources for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and 20+ year executive recruitment veteran
    • Andrew Priest – Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Touro University Nevada
    • Carolyn Yucha – Retired Dean of the UNLV School of Nursing
  • Three new subcommittees will be formed
    • Recruitment – How to attract them (healthcare professionals) here
    • Retention – How to keep them here
    • Education – How to grow them here
  • The Task Force’s future plans
    • Develop a job board for healthcare employers to post jobs
    • Recruit from medical meetings being held in Las Vegas
    • Partner with Hiring Our Heroes to attract exiting military veterans to the area
    • Develop retention programs in partnership with the Customer Service Excellence Awards hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
    • Create a directory of all the nursing and allied health schools in southern Nevada

The Task Force will meet monthly in the Roseman University Summerlin Campus Auditorium – adjacent to the Las Vegas HEALS office. Moving forward, lunch will be sponsored each month. A big thank you goes to our October lunch sponsor, Fingerprinting Express (FE). FE offers livescan fingerprints, background checks, notary and passport/visa photos. Founded in 2003, their Culture To Care™ program has offered discounted fingerprint fees for teachers, volunteers, nonprofits and military – totaling over $500,000.  FE is getting people back to work and licensed faster than traditional screening methods through the implementation of proprietary efficiencies and exclusive systems. FE is an approved fingerprint vendor for Nevada boards and divisions, including healthcare.

Member human resource leaders and educators interested in joining the Workforce Task Force should contact Pam@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Members interested in sponsoring a future lunch can reach out to membership@LasVegasHEALS.org.