4 Ways to Elevate the CNO-CFO Relationship

  As senior management team members, CNOs and CFOs work together to provide and manage care clinically and financially. A collegial relationship and knowledge and insights that each party needs for operational, strategic, and organizational success are essential.  Today’s most successful nurse executives clearly understand how the CNO areas of responsibility impact the organization’s overall  [continue reading…]

Crisis Does Not Create Leaders, It Reveals Them

  Kirby Bates Associates is sharing another great example of dynamic leadership in action. We invite you to read this moving and instructive story of Laurie, MSN, RN, FACHE, an interim nurse leader navigating COVID-19, uncertainty, and death in the Pacific Northwest. — [Read the Full Story]   Home to the first reported case of  [continue reading…]

Getting the Most Out of an Executive Search: 12 Best Practices for Healthcare Executives

One of the most crucial responsibilities of healthcare executives is selecting the mission-critical leadership team. While having the right talent has always been important, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has placed an increased emphasis on conducting an expeditious search for the nation’s top talent. COVID-19 has accelerated everything—including senior leaders retiring early. Balancing an organization’s bottom  [continue reading…]

Building an Inclusive Search Process

  Our country’s increasingly diverse community will result in a more diverse patient population moving toward a majority-minority balance by 2043, according to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. Currently, those changing demographics are reflected in hospital patient populations. And yet, this increasing diversity is not reflected in healthcare executive leadership. Indeed, healthcare’s most notable  [continue reading…]

Building Cultural Competence in Healthcare Organizations

The recent COVID-19 pandemic serves to underscore the growing body of evidence confirming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare access and clinical outcomes. The Institute of Medicine Report, IOM, (2004)  states that diversity among healthcare professionals is associated with improved access, provider-patient communication, and patient satisfaction. As the knowledge and understanding of these relationships grow,  [continue reading…]

Back to the Basics: When to Hire an Interim Nurse Leader

  Interim Nurse Leaders play an integral role in healthcare organizations, particularly now in the midst of a pandemic. Because staff and leaders are in flux and patient volumes and revenues are falling, keeping quality and the patient experience at the forefront of the organizational agenda is key to optimizing reimbursement. Interim Nurse Leaders fill  [continue reading…]

Recruiting for Critical Roles During the COVID-19 Crisis

  Filling mission critical roles during the pandemic is essential – yet traditional recruitment processes have been suspended. With social distancing, healthcare organizations must employ creative ways to recruit, interview and fill necessary roles. Since many leaders are redeployed to command centers, testing sites  and other roles on the frontline, bringing critical talent on board  [continue reading…]

Hope Amid COVID-19

  Guest Post By Tim Fischer, President, Jackson & Coker Locum Tenens Editor’s Note: Kirby Bates is dedicated to advancing Nursing Leadership and interprofessional collaboration. In honor of Doctor’s Day 2020 I’ve invited Tim Fischer, President of Jackson & Coker Locum Tenens, another Jackson Healthcare Company, to share his reflections. Working through the coronavirus (COVID-19)  [continue reading…]

Kirby Bates Associates Year in Review

  Kirby Bates Associates is very proud of what we have accomplished this past year and how we are poised for the future. Please take a look at some of our statistics and highlights from this past year. If we can assist you or your organization, please don’t hesitate to reach out. [Download Graphic]  

Reflections on Results: Interim PeriOperative Operations Advisor

[DOWNLOAD AS PDF]   Leading hospitals turn to Kirby Bates for high-performing interim nurse leaders. Learn more about our interim services or contact us to learn how we can provide low-cost access to a national pool of the best healthcare leaders. 

Growth, Strength, and Leadership: Reflecting On 2019

  As 2019 has come to a close, we are recalling highlights of KBA’s most successful year to date. Our team continues to grow and evolve. We are proud of our tradition as a progressive nurse-led organization and feel fortunate to collaborate with nurse leaders throughout the year. We thank you for the role you  [continue reading…]

What Our Clients Say: KBA Executive Search

  Finding top leadership talent in all areas of healthcare is increasingly difficult – and nursing is certainly no exception. Upfront evaluation of organizational needs and stakeholder consensus can save time and money and builds team engagement. For more than 30 years, Kirby Bates Associates has provided cost-effective solutions for healthcare clients seeking exceptional leaders and  [continue reading…]

2019 ASHHRA Survey: The Evolving Landscape of Healthcare Hiring

  Everyone knows that healthcare is changing but what about hiring? Is technology the answer? At this year’s American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administrators Annual Conference (ASHHRA 2019) in Chicago, we surveyed our colleagues about search strategies. Here’s what we uncovered. Understanding Passive Candidates First, we asked about passive candidates – those who are  [continue reading…]

Reflections on Results: An Interim CNO’s Farewell

  Demonstrating an outstanding track record, Kirby Bates Associates’ healthcare executive placements have proven to be most successful in achieving organizational needs. You can read more about our Interim Leadership services here.

Diversity in Healthcare Leadership: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

  Despite decades of attention, there has been very little progress toward increasing diversity in healthcare leadership. Data published by the American College of Healthcare Executives confirms that minorities are underrepresented in executive leadership, and are paid less when compared to their white counterparts. According to the American Hospital Association, 31% of patients nationally are  [continue reading…]

Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN, Executive Vice President, Executive Search Services of Kirby Bates Associates to Present at ASHHRA 2019

  Are you attending ASHHRA 2019 in Chicago? Don’t miss the opportunity to hear KBA’s Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN, Executive Vice President, Executive Search Services deliver her presentation on the complex topic of diversity entitled, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Diverse Candidates in Your Health Care Organization” on Monday, September 23 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at ASHHRA 2019. While you  [continue reading…]

How the Retained Search Process Can Add Value for Healthcare Organizations

  Choosing the most effective approach to recruit talented executive healthcare leaders who will redesign care delivery is one of the most critical contributions of the human resource team. Where does the human resource team begin?  With uncertain reimbursement and neverending financial challenges, healthcare professionals must walk a tightrope—balancing the need to cut expenses while  [continue reading…]

Gerry Biala, The Healthcare Executive’s Guide to Navigating the Surgical Suite: A Roadmap to the OR and Perioperative Services

  Chapter 1:  “Unique Challenges from Surgical Services” Part III by Gerald E. Biala, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Senior VP of Sullivan Healthcare Consulting  and Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN Published by Sigma  Did you miss the previous installments? Read Part I here and Part II here.   This book provides experienced and novice  [continue reading…]

Happy 4th of July From KBA: Honoring Linda Richards

In honor of the holiday, we wanted to share a brief history of a pioneer of the modern nursing profession:   Linda Richards   After both of Linda Richards’ parents died of tuberculosis and her fiance’s death from Civil War wounds, she was driven to learn more about nursing and enrolled in the inaugural class  [continue reading…]