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Ridgecrest Village holds job fair as healthcare workers deal with burnout nationwide

In a survey by KFF and the Washington Post, a majority of healthcare workers feel optimistic yet burnt out with their future in the field
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:57 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Ridgecrest Village marketing director Anne Coffman described the pandemic in a simple way.

“It was quite traumatic, I mean our lives were turned upside down,” Coffman said, “We had to limit visits we just really had to do things completely different.”

After recently allowing visitors to see residents again, Coffman said she’s seen employees and residents perk up again after a grueling year.

“It took a toll on everyone, it was hard to watch, we all limited everything but as we kind of turned the corner you could just see people lightening up,” Coffman said.

Now, as the country reopens, Ridgecrest Village is looking fill positions at their roughly 250-resident campus. This comes after an April survey from the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation found the majority of nursing home and assisted care workers feel optimistic and hopefully yet burnt out going to work.

CNA Raquel Freeman was one of the attendees of Ridgecrest Village’s job fair Wednesday and said while she feels fortunate to have a good amount of employment this year, those close to her haven’t had the same fate.

“I haven’t had the downfall, the hardship of it, and I know some people have and my heart goes out to them but my employment history this year has been alright,” Freeman said, “They wish they can get up and be able to go to work because- I’m around a lot of independent women, a lot of independent mothers as well so not being able to work, as we can see, there was a lot of jobs that didn’t have at the front liners they lost a lot of employment.”

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