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Recruiter by Day, Stand-Up Comedian by Night

Happy May!

It’s the beginning of a new month, which means it’s time for a Recruiter Spotlight! This month, we are focusing on someone from our Travel Nursing Division who’s been with KPG healthcare for about 2.5 years…that’s Dave! Keep scrolling to learn more about Dave.

Meet Dave!

Dave has been with KPG Healthcare for about 2.5 years and originally started in our Provider Service’s division staffing nurse practitioners and physicians throughout California. Within the first month, Dave had met all his recruitment goals, which led to his transfer to the Travel Nursing division.

Since the transition to the Travel Nursing division, Dave has enjoyed finding placements and assignments for his travel nurses alongside his fellow travel nursing recruiters. “I work with a lot of awesome people and it’s very much a family environment,” said Dave. One of the most rewarding aspects of his job is building meaningful relationships both with his coworkers and candidates.

However, healthcare staffing recruiters do have a challenging role. They are constantly searching for prospective candidates, vetting those prospective candidates, finding the right assignment for prospective and current candidates and repeating those steps when contracts end. “Even after you place a candidate, people are always coming and going,” Dave mentioned, “It’s a constant grind to keep filling new positions.” The best way to handle the ever-changing landscape of healthcare is to be adaptable and ready for anything.

With the novel COVID-19, or coronavirus, now circulating the globe, it’s made the healthcare industry “a lot more unpredictable,” said Dave. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the healthcare industry and the staffing needs that “once federal funding ran out, we saw positions dry up almost overnight,” Dave explained. Fortunately, for Dave, it means being ready for anything and always discussing a plan B for his candidates for scenarios like COVID-19.

“I wish for my nurses to get the awesome experiences they want out of their travel nursing career!”

As a recruiter, Dave hopes to continue growing his business and networking skills through KPG Healthcare. However, recruiting wasn’t his original passion, “I did not originally want to pursue a career in recruiting, but it’s a been a great learning experience on how to run a business,” said Dave. Dave’s passion lies in comedy.

Dave has been practicing and performing stand-up comedy for about two years now. “The energy you get from people after a successful set is really a great high,” Dave explained when asked about why comedy interested him. Besides comedy, Dave also enjoys hikes at Topanga Canyon, discovering new music and watching movies after a long week of work.

Dave, as the recipient of the first “Da Bomb” award for the Travel Nursing team, keep up the great work and continue to strive toward your goals both as a recruiter and a comedian! “Da Bomb” award is given to someone that exemplifies they can be a fun, flexible and reliable team player who goes above and beyond for their fellow teammates.

Dave’s Dream Travel Destination: Greece! For the history and beaches.

Dave’s Top 3 LA Things-To-Do:

  1. Go see a stand-up comedy show
  2. Hit the beaches of SoCal
  3. Hit all the awesome hiking spots (hint: Hollywood Dam is a great area for a photo of the Hollywood Sign)