WBUR Series & Documentary to Examine Nursing Crisis
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BOSTON – WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, kicks-off a new, three-part series focused on the critical national nursing shortage on January 17 on “Morning Edition,” followed by an hour-long documentary entitled “Nursing a Shortage: Inside Out” at 3pm on January 19, announced Anna Bensted, assistant program director/executive producer-Special Projects.
Reported by Special Correspondent Rachel Gotbaum, the three consecutive “Morning Edition” segments will air on January 17-19, while the complete documentary airs at 3pm on Friday, January 19, and it’s repeated at 10am and 8pm on Sunday, January 21.
The convergence of 80 million retiring baby boomers straining the healthcare system, an aging nursing population and an insufficient number of younger nurses to fill the depleted ranks has been characterized as an impending “perfect storm.” Gotbaum reports on how this dramatic deficiency has occurred and its dire consequences for patients, nurses and hospitals in the coming decade.
“We’re faced with a current shortage that without corrective action will get worse over time,” says Alan Knight, CEO of Plymouth’s Jordan Hospital in the report. “As aging baby boomers like me get hospitalized more often, we are going to need more nurses, not less.”
Vanderbilt School of Nursing Professor Peter Buerhaus warns that the looming shortage will dwarf those of previous years: “The shortage is four to five times as large, and a real crippler coming our way.”
“Gotbaum examines the roots of the problem and whether mandating nurse-patient ratios are an answer or an impediment,” said Bensted. “She takes listeners into hospitals throughout New England where the crisis is already affecting care, and nurses reveal the influence of the shortage on their profession.”
NPR’s award-winning “Morning Edition,” locally hosted by Bob Oakes, provides national news, features, reviews and analysis, supplemented by WBUR’s own local news coverage, commentary, reviews and weather between 5-9:00am, Monday-Friday.