Human resources is a role that is needed in every sector, including healthcare. HR in each sector are required to have different skills and understanding around the work they do. Especially in healthcare sectors, most employers would require their HR to have at least a good standard of health education and related work experience.
On a personal level, HR professionals in the health sector will need to be both tactful and friendly and there might be a necessity to be firm too. They also need to understand that many of the health-related information they will be presented with will be of a confidential nature and thus should never be shared or talked about with just anyone.
A typical day for HR officer in healthcare would usually involve:
HR in this sector will work closely with administration staff as well as others in the wider healthcare team. You will possibly work with both clinical and non-clinical managers, as well as would not normally have direct contact with patients.
A good standard of general education, good computer skills and previous office experience is advantageous. Some employers will prefer that you have a qualification in HR management – those offered by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for example.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a need for an additional 203,700 new nurses each year through 2026 to fill newly created positions and to replace retiring nurses. It is also estimated that there will be a total of 1.2 million vacancies for nursing positions by 2022. Turnover rate in the healthcare sector is also high with an average cost of $52,100 and ranges from $40,300 to $64,000 resulting in the average hospital losing $4.4M – $6.9M. Therefore, it is important for future HR in healthcare to be more innovative and creative in managing and retaining health talents.
Based on Zip Recruiter review, HR healthcare makes an average $103,664 per year, or $2,398 more than the national average annual salary of $101,266. This amount ranks number 1 out of 50 states nationwide for HR healthcare salaries.