Since mid-April Prairie Mountain Health has been holding career expos to promote jobs and opportunities.
So far five communities have hosted a career expo and the final two will take place May 9th and 10th.
A series of spring health care career sessions have showcased different health care professions and job opportunities available throughout the Prairie Mountain Health region.
EXPO 2023, a partnership between Regional Health Authorities and the Manitoba Health Care Providers Network, provides an opportunity to ‘enter the world of health care’ during the travelling sessions.
Each stop features a number of display booths hosted by the health care professionals working in that field.
Jaret Box is an LPN who works out of Killarney and he’s a care team manager for long term care in the Killarney, Baldur and Cartwright areas. He was working the nurse's display.
“It’s a challenging job and we’re always looking for staff. Nursing is great because of the flexible hours there’s lot of different avenues to go into like public health care, clinic setting, home care, long term care and acute care.”
“I like the hands-on work and taking care of patients because it’s very rewarding,” said Box.
Paramedics are at the expos promoting their line of work. “I heard a paramedic when I was in Grade 7 and I knew then it was something I wanted to do,” said Kaitlin Peters who works out of Shoal Lake.
“I like the job because every day is completely different, and every call is different. We meet new people, where they’re at and helping them out.”
The information sessions are open to everyone, and several health-care providers are on hand to answer questions about specific positions and provide additional guidance on potential educational requirements.
Jodi Baxter has been in the health care field more than 25 years. She is a paramedic in Killarney. “There has been a lot of changes and our skill set has increased and we literally bring the ICU and ER to the problem area to get you stabilized and to the hospital.”
“Some days are a walk in the park with zero stress and then the pager goes and you’re dealing with the most stressful situation. We’re trained not to be calm, cool and collected because it isn’t our emergency it’s our patient’s emergency so they’re the priority,” said Baxter.
Jaret Box says nursing is a rewarding career.
The final two Career Expos will take place Tuesday, May 9th in Brandon and Wednesday May 10th in Neepawa.