How to Stand Out as an Internal Candidate

As care delivery organizations continue to tread uncertain waters, C-suites across the nation remain in flux with retirements, reductions in force, and elimination of roles. This dynamic environment also represents an opportunity for emerging leaders. Often an internal candidate is found to be the strongest for the role.   The American College of Healthcare Executives  [continue reading…]

What to Expect When a Long-Term CEO Retires

When a long-term chief executive officer decides to retire or leave a hospital/health system, there is a chance for a huge cultural shift. It not only affects the C-suite, but it spreads to all areas of the hospital. In July of 2018, Becker’s Hospital Review reported 57 health system CEO resignations from the first and  [continue reading…]

8 Smart Practices for Fostering Diverse Leadership Advancement

Our nation’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 leadership. How do you retain and develop  [continue reading…]

Maximizing Executive Success in the First Year

According to Michael Watkins, professor at International Institute for Management Development (IMD), “On average, 25% to 40% of new hires are either terminated, self-selected out of the new position or assessed as not meeting expectations (disappointing performance) after six to twelve months in the new position. Some organizations report even higher rates.” Watkins also emphasizes  [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…]

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…]

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 access to a national pool of the best healthcare leaders. 

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…]

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…]

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…]

6 Career Planning Strategies to Propel Growth

Career planning can seem like a daunting process, but it can be a worthy investment of time that accelerates your career trajectory. Active career planning includes the development of activities and action steps to achieve individual career goals. Basic steps in career planning include: exploring your interests, assessing your talents, strategic planning, and development of  [continue reading…]

Prepare For Growth: Promote From Within

Promoting internally carries significant benefits. Promoting from within fosters productivity, retention and enhances morale. Numbers indicate that internal promotion can save up to 11 times the base salary when compared to hiring an outside candidate. Unfortunately, without a strong leadership development program, organizations helplessly fall into a hiring spiral, wasting or losing internal talent, overspending on  [continue reading…]

The Consultative Search Model

As System Chief Nursing Officer for the Trinity Mother Frances Hospital & Clinics in Tyler, TX, Rob Rose has hands-on experience in managing the complexity of an integrated healthcare delivery system. During his six years at TMFH&C and in prior roles, Rob has reached out to KBA multiple times because of their knowledge, expertise and  [continue reading…]