ERICA FISH, Public Policy Intern
Employers were asked to come prepared to discuss any challenges within the healthcare workforce and among their educational partners, including any opportunities which can help our community’s workforce.
Sharing economic frustrations involving worker challenges with inefficient housing availability, living expenses and the lack of workforce, the healthcare industry facing issues with nurses “job hopping” – as they resign from one hospital and go to another for better pay – and higher education institutions’ inability to hire professors and other faculty because of housing and high cost of living in the southwest Florida region.
The round table also collaborated on partnerships on how to educate, get employers involved and initiate opportunities to work on.
No concrete decisions were made at the meeting; however, contacts were shared to continue the conversation outside the meeting. The Chamber and attended representatives hope to create positive outcomes soon.