Freeman Health System attempts to fill clinical positions amid low unemployment rates
Partners like WTI help bridge the gap
JOPLIN, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reports the unemployment rate is as low as 3.1%.
That number could contribute to Freeman Health System’s struggle filling jobs.
Deciding on a career in the medical field was the best choice for these students at WTI, both in training to become registered medical assistants.
“I’m not really a school person, so for me to like this was like an amazing deal,” said Eternity Maldonodo.
“I know that, no matter what, there is a need for it. There is always a place around here that’s going to need it,” said Donavan Clemens.
The demand for health professionals is high, especially at Freeman where nearly 200 positions need to be filled. Of those, roughly 85% are clinical roles: jobs that require just the kind of training these students are getting.
“We work closely with Franklin Tech. We work with Carthage Tech, Missouri Southern State University, Crowder College, Pittsburg State University, WTI. Each of those schools provides different services and educational opportunities and we take advantage of every one of them,” said Chief Human Resource Officer with Freeman Health System, Mary Frerer.
The goal of these partnerships is to encourage students to fill positions with Freeman.
“We have over 4,000 employees and right now what we’re seeing is, and it’s not just specific to Freeman Health System, I think it’s health care overall, are those clinical positions. I’m talking about registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, your scrub techs, your medical office assistants…”
Frerer says it’s a good problem to have, caused by growth within the industry. So, for these students, the future is bright.
“Even when I think I’m having the worst day, I come to school still and it’s like it just automatically gets better because I know one day, I’m going to graduate, be certified,” said Maldonodo.
“I wanna work for a Freeman facility and knowing that they’re coming here for students like us, it gives us a good start, getting out in that field,” expressed Clemens.
Nationally, the U.S. Department of Labor shows unemployment rates at 3.5%.
In November alone, health care added 45,000 jobs
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