Free tuition for students pursuing careers in high-need areas… free training for future certified nursing assistants — among the programs state officials are highlighting as they push to get more Minnesotans into health care which has a serious worker shortage.  Diane Rydrych (RYE-drick) with the state Health Department says interest in health care jobs has also been sparked in some unexpected ways:

“We’ve even seen some of the National Guard soldiers who’ve been out working in long term care facilities… some of them have now… had an opportunity to be there for a resident and provide care and be there for them when they’re in a really difficult time, and have decided that they want to stay in that profession.”

Government and industry leaders say low wages and pandemic “burnout”  have worsened the chronic shortage of health care workers.