Nathan Johnson, PioneerCare’s CEO, recently spoke on-air with Minnesota Public Radio’s Dan Gunderson about the historic workforce shortage of professional healthcare staff. PioneerCare is currently hiring for an array of positions and shifts. The situation is affecting access to care at nursing homes throughout the state.
“…There’s a lot of family caregivers right now who are having to take care of their loved ones. And in many cases, you know, they are underprepared or just ill-equipped to do so,” Johnson commented during the radio interview.
“We had 285 employees before the pandemic and [we have] 210 today. That means we need 75 people just to get back to pre-pandemic norms. That’s almost a third of our workforce.”
The take-away? Policy reform is needed at the state level. Please contact your legislator and voice your concerns. First, read the entire story, “Nursing Home Worker Shortage Ripples Through Communities.”