Recruitment and Retention Planning for Rural Health Networks and Members

Rural Health Innovations (RHI)

A Recruitment and Retention Plan is an internal, organized workplan consisting of critical steps or activities ensuring the timely placement and lasting retention of quality health care professionals. This toolkit has been created to be a dynamic document placing network leaders into a role of assisting their member health care organizations in the planning, preparation, follow-up and follow-through phases of their recruitment and retention efforts.

This Recruitment and Retention Planning Toolkit includes the following materials:

  • A Guide describing the components of an effective recruitment and retention plan for networks and their member organizations. Each component includes a description and useful tips or suggestions.  
  • A Recruitment and Retention Assessment used to measure network member organizations’ readiness to hire and retain quality health care professionals.
  • An Assessment Summary Template used to summarize and document averages of completed Recruitment and Retention Plan Assessments, to assist in identifying areas networks can best assist their member organizations in their recruitment and retention efforts.
  • An Action Plan Template used to document identified areas from the Assessment Summary, and create individual action plans describing how the network will provide member support in those areas.