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KRRC Connections: March 2021 Newsletter

Recruiting Q & A, Free Leadership training, and more!

The Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC) is a centralized, statewide program specializing in healthcare workforce development, retention, and strategic planning. Since 2004, the KRRC has assisted over 300 physicians and other healthcare professionals with finding a job in a Kansas community.

KRRC Recruitment Team

Sasha Randolph
Recruitment & Retention Manager

Katie Stark
Candidate Relations Coordinator

Pragya Agosto
Recruitment Coordinator


Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC)

OCT-DEC 2020

  • 6 Exhibiting Events
  • 5 Residency Presentations
  • Presented at 3 Educational Events
  • Hosted 4 Zoom Events
  • 178 referrals
  • 2 placements
  • 1 Site visit
  • Kansas Locum Tenens (KLT) served 9 Kansas healthcare organizations with 16 coverages (29 days covered)


For KRRC Clients

  • Complete an Opportunity Profile Form for ALL of your open job opportunities-medical, dental, allied health and behavioral health.
  • Follow up on referrals immediately-even if you aren't hiring.
  • Referred candidates have been pre-screened and have expressed interest in your position. Please contact them within 1-2 days.
  • Give us feedback on candidates that are referred to you.
  • Update us if your position has been filled or is no longer open.

Sasha Randolph

Recruiting during a pandemic and beyond...
Q & A with Sasha Randolph

What have been the challenges to recruiting healthcare providers during the pandemic?

Organizations struggled to maintain open positions because many were struggling just to make ends meet. Healthcare organizations shifted time and resources that were previously used for recruitment, to managing the pandemic. With the lockdown, came an end to in-person interviews and site visits and candidates found themselves in limbo.

How has recruitment changed during the pandemic?

Although the method to connect with candidates has shifted from in-person to virtual, recruitment has largely stayed the same. It is about making a connection with the candidate, understanding what they really want and finding a match that is right for them, their family, the organization and the community.

How have candidate expectations changed since the pandemic started?

Candidates want less autonomy and more support-someone to have their back when a crisis happens. They don't want to be the sole provider or manager of the department; so, moving forward, we are going to see there is not just one nurse manager or one medical director. People are looking for non-traditional employment that includes job sharing and flexible scheduling. Opportunities for hybrid (in-person/virtual) schedules are in-demand. You can also plan on the large use of virtual platforms.

KRRC Presentations

Kansas Live Work Play

Washburn University DNP Program Presentation

Looking for the perfect nurse practitioner? Sasha Randolph presented to DNP students at Washburn University Friday, December 4, 2020. Sasha shares valuable career guidance to DNP students while looking for the best candidates for your organization.

Lunch & Learn at Newman University School of Nursing

Sasha Randolph and Pragya Agosto spoke to 20 nursing students at Newman University on Monday, January 25, 2021, regarding resume prep and career readiness. These educational sessions build a pipeline of candidates for the rural organizations KRRC serves. Boxed lunches were provided by KRRC for the students.

Washburn Spring Career Fair goes virtual

Pragya AgostoThe newest member of the KRRC team, Pragya Agosto, participated in the Washburn Spring Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Pragya specializes in the recruitment of nurses, behavioral health, dental and allied health. The Washburn fair gave Pragya the opportunity to search for quality candidates for our KRRC clients.

Contact Pragya about your staffing needs today!

Recruiters present at University of Saint Mary DPT Program

Sasha Randolph and Pragya Agosto visited the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS to present at the Physical Therapy Professional Day and Career Fair on Thursday, February 25, 2021. With COVID numbers on the decline, it was refreshing to connect with future candidates face-to-face.

Prevent Physician Burnout with Kansas Locum Tenens (KLT and KLT+)

A staggering 42%* of physicians report being burned out. More troubling, 79%* of respondents said their burnout began before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A solution is Kansas Locum Tenens (KLT) which utilizes well-qualified faculty and resident physicians from all campuses at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This affordable solution reduces burnout, improves morale and helps to meet staffing demands.

For more information, contact KLT Coordinator Jennifer Worford.

*Medscape National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report 2021

Sasha shares recruitment strategies

Recognized as an expert in physician recruitment, Sasha Randolph, KRRC Recruitment and Retention Manager, shared her expertise in "9 ways to quickly narrow your physician search" on Sasha's success strategy includes finding searching for physicians with ties to the area and finding the right cultural fit. Sasha also shared tips on using the right online tools. Check out the article to learn how you can incorporate successful strategies into your recruitment plan.

FREE leadership training and staff development for Critical Access Hospitals

Knowing that employee engagement is more crucial now than ever, we are excited to deliver leadership and staff development sessions to help your organization promote a positive workplace culture.

This complimentary service, funded by the Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, includes:

  • A baseline survey to identify the greatest areas of need ($499 value)
    • This survey is already created and ready to be administered.
  • Four hours of leadership and/or staff development training ($796 value)
    • Training can be based on survey results or your specific requests/needs.
  • A one-year follow-up survey to gauge effectiveness ($249 value)

We are currently scheduling organizations and will work with you to fit your schedule. Contact Tara Morrow at 316.293.3445 or to take advantage of this complimentary training.

What participating organizations are saying:

Have found the
training useful

"I manage a very small department, and I plan to use many of these techniques when discussing favors, assignments, and appreciations."

Think the implementation of the topics will help their organization be more successful

"Great examples of how to communicate, correctly."

Plan to implement the techniques/concepts that were introduced

KRRC is your healthcare recruiting partner

  • KRRC brings a winning track record of over 300 placements for Kansas healthcare organizations.

  • We source in-state, regionally, and nationwide then deliver prescreened candidates that are already interested in your location.

  • We maintain a close relationship with the Kansas Residency Programs, Professional Organizations, Academic Programs.

  • We recruit for both Rural and Urban organizations.

Recruiting for Kansas postcard

Kansas Connections

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Telephone: 316-293-2649
Toll-free: 888-503-4221
Fax: 316-293-2671

Community Engagement

University of Kansas Medical Center
Rural Health Education & Services
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: 316-293-2649