Home Health care provider ‘What motivates me is taking care of people:’ Pandemic healthcare burnout not deterring nursing students

‘What motivates me is taking care of people:’ Pandemic healthcare burnout not deterring nursing students

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Becoming a nurse was not something Tayla Germsheid always dreamed of doing.

Her original plan was dentistry, but when her passion changed, she shifted her focus to health care.

“I decided to go into nursing because I’ve always had a big heart and always cared deeply about people in a good way and thought nursing would be the perfect way to show how much heart I have,” Germshied said. mentioned.

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As Germsheid completes her second year of nursing studies at the University of Saskatchewan, she is convinced this is the right choice for her and her timing couldn’t be better.

“They got to see a lot more health care than some students in other years,” said Michelle Patterson, clinical coordinator at the USask College of Nursing.

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Staffing shortages in health care throughout the pandemic have made the role of nursing students even more crucial.

According to Statistics Canada, the country has added more than 10,000 nursing vacancies during the pandemic, an increase of 75%.

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“Nursing students provide so much extra patient care that they have time to talk to patients,
said Patterson. “They’re just that extra helping hand.”

Becoming a nurse is not without challenges. With only 345 spots in the program at USask, the first hurdle is admission.

“We have about two people applying for every seat we have, so more applicants than we can allow into our program,” said USask College of Nursing Dean and Professor Sonila Richter.

Next year, the program adds 62 new seats. So, despite the burnout caused by the pandemic, this does not deter students from taking the program.

Industry enthusiasts will do it anyway.

“What motivates me is to take care of people in any way they need to and I put them on before I put myself on and sometimes that leads to burnout, but I think the reward is so much greater than the risk,” Germsheid said.

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