WENATCHEE — Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford says the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has driven many health workers in the hospital and clinic system out of their professions.
“Currently, at Central Washington Hospital, we have somewhere around 60 RN openings,” Rutherford said Thursday, “and we have openings for about 30 nursing assistants.”
Many nursing and technician specialists have left Confluence as the pandemic has demanded more hours and resources, Rutherford said, and some have taken hiatuses to deal with family needs, like supervising their children’s remote schooling.
In a news release, the health systemsaid Thursday it’s hiring temporary positions for licensed or certified registered nurses, medical assitants, certified nursing assitants, licenses practical nurses and lab technicians to assist its COVID-19 efforts. Many of these temporary positions are available immediately, and Confluence says they offer competitive pay.
Applicants should call the Confluence Health Human Resources department at (509) 436-6816. Rutherford said high housing prices and nationwide demand for frontline health workers make filling employment gaps difficult.
“I think our best hope is going to be recruiting, and people who live in this valley and choose to get trained and choose to get experience and then choose to come to work,” Rutherford said, “but that’s a years-long process.”