J Extra Corpor Technol
Volume 52, Number 3, September 2020
|Page(s)||218 - 226|
|Published online||15 September 2020|
Perfusion Recruitment Strategies Using Choice-Based Conjoint Analysis
Address correspondence to: Jessica R. Gummow, MPS, CCP, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 10059 Plantation Pointe Drive, Loveland, OH 45140. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 16 July 2020
Perfusionists are leaving the workforce in higher rates as baby-boomers retire, yet the volume of cases involving perfusion continues to increase. This change has resulted in a high-demand market with organizations competing for the same candidates. The purpose of this study was to use a choice-based conjoint (CBC) analysis to determine what attributes of employment opportunities are most important to perfusionists so hiring organizations are better equipped to produce employment offers specific to each candidate. The Sawtooth Software Discover program was used to create a CBC survey that was distributed to perfusionists. After a series of demographic questions, respondents chose between three employment offers that comprised eight attributes, each with three varying options. Completed surveys were analyzed using the Discover software, producing importance scores. Two hundred forty surveys were completed, 154 (64%) male and 86 (36%) female. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) impact to the perfusionist and hours worked per week ranked most important, at 19.4% and 17.5%, respectively. A significant difference exists between ECMO impact to perfusionists and all other attributes. The least important attributes were annual continuing education funds and sign-on bonus/relocation, at 6.8% and 4.7%, respectively. Respondents in their 20s and 30s find the importance of ECMO impact to be significantly less important than those in their 50s. Perfusionists with a master’s degree believe salary to be significantly more important than perfusionists with other types of perfusion education. Based on the respondents who completed this survey, the impact ECMO has on the perfusionist was the most significant job attribute. Offering large sign-on bonuses and relocation packages to entice new employees is not indicated as a viable way to satisfy perfusionists. Appropriate management of hours worked, days on call, and how ECMO impacts the perfusionists will be most impactful in recruitment of new employees.
Key words: choice-based conjoint / CBC analysis / recruitment / perfusion
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