DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — As staffing shortages have hit the entire healthcare industry, one assisted living facility in Detroit Lakes has taken action.

The Pelican Plea was started on Facebook by Pelican Landing, an assisted living facility, and is a trend the provider is hoping gains traction.

The plea asks members of the healthcare industry to share their story, why they love what they do, and why they joined the field.

"I say go back to your roots, why did you get in the field to begin with? Everybody has a reason," said Auna Sigdahl, executive director of Pelican Landing.

Sigdahl, who started the Facebook page, said the goal of this is to inspire others to enter the occupation, as almost every facility is in desperate need of help.

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Now, in her area, every care provider is short staffed which is not only unfortunate for the facilities, but patients that need care most.

"Some of the services our residents rely on, whether that'd be a hospital stay,(or) a transitional stay, they're dwindling down to a point where even if they were needing those services, they couldn't be supported," said Sigdahl.

One employee shared her story, and said though she didn't know where it would take her, she couldn't be happier.

"I tried it and I loved it. I got to spend time with all these residents, and their families couldn't be there but we can. We get to spend holidays with them. Our day to day we get to know them, their history, they get to be our family and friends too," said Paige Beck, a nursing support specialist with Pelican Landing.

Stories like Beck's are exactly what they're looking for.

They are encouraging all workers, family members and those receiving care to share their experiences.

"Words are powerful, one person can actually go a long way. And that's what we're going to continue to do here until we see a difference."

If you're looking to post for yourself, make sure to use #PelicanPlea.