Teens gain work experience at Women's Care during pandemic

"I'm just cleaning up after people and even that's helping keep people safe, so no matter where you are here it's a good place to be helpful."

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 6:50 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2020 6:50 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --  Local women's health clinic Women's Care hired a dozen teenagers for the summer to assist with the extra cleaning and precautions that coronavirus made necessary.

It's giving the teens a sense of not only what the health care industry is like but what it's like to work in health care during a pandemic. 

"I never thought at 16 I would be able to help my community," said Ashley Roser, a Junior at Mohawk High School.

The job duties include cleaning and sanitizing examination rooms between patients -- making sure women know that this is a safe place to go.

"I work three to four days a week half days. When I'm in the front I take temperatures of people walking in, have them fill out a questionnaire see if they have any symptoms of COVID," said Serena Strode, a senior at Sheldon High School.

The World Health Organization estimates the world needs 6 million more nurses to handle the spread of coronavirus.

"Especially with taking temperatures, we see a lot more patients that are nervous or have anxiety," said Roser.

These girls told KEZI that working during the pandemic has not scared them away from wanting to enter this field. if anything, they say it's inspired them.

"I love the environment here, all the people are so nice, and I would love to work in a field like this. I've learned so much," said Ella O'Connor, a senior at Pleasant Hill High School.

"I'm just cleaning up after people and even that's helping keep people safe, so no matter where you are here it's a good place to be helpful," said Strode.

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