TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The need for healthcare workers is always present, but has only risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The public works to not catch coronavirus while healthcare workers help those who did catch it.
Greene County General Hospital has a need for healthcare workers, but trying to train and work with students or recent graduates during the pandemic has created issues.
“I’m in contact with a lot of different academic organizations and they are all having that same problem — there’s just not a lot of places for people to go and for students to go for their clinical rotations,” said Randy Barnett, Director of Clinical Education at Greene County General Hospital. “We don’t allow our students into COVID rooms for fear that they are going to catch it.”
Healthcare workers in today’s age are working in a scenario that no one living has ever seen before, which means the learning curve and the pace in which work is completed has changed.
“That accelerated pace of change certainly does require students, faculty, their role models and teachers out at the healthcare settings to be more flexible,” said Caroline Mallory, Indiana State University Dean of Health and Human Services. “I do think students today have a higher bar to get up to in order to meet the standards for practice in their profession.”
Mallory said fewer students have been able to be placed in long-term care faculties due to the high risk of COVID. At Greene County General Hospital, the scale-back on the number of students allowed in facilities has been difficult.
“Those of us who are still in this pandemic almost a year later, we see the need for help,” Barnett said. “We see the need to bring in as many people as we can to help battle this. I don’t think any nurse ever thought they would work in a pandemic.”
Barnett added that at Greene County General Hospital, they’ve had to change from hands-on learning to learning through discussions and simulations.