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Saturday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. Inside the Nursing Crisis

(Rochester, NY) - Inside the Nursing Crisis, a four-part series airing Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. beginning March 24 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), examines this serious issue of a nursing shortage, and asks some of the nation’s top nursing experts and hospital administrators for solutions to prevent our healthcare system from plunging into disaster. Featured in the final episode,airing Saturday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m., is University of Rochester School of Nursing's Dean Dr. Kathy Rideout, along with URMC School of Nursing faculty and students.

The first wave of baby boomers is starting to retire from nursing, and the healthcare system is bracing itself the vast number of people who will soon need critical care. In addition, more Americans will likely have insurance available to them under new healthcare reforms. Mix in an aging workforce and the diminishing pool of nursing school faculty, and it adds up to a potentially dangerous situation. How dangerous? The United States may face a critical shortage of nearly a quarter million nurses by the year 2025, according to many experts. Inside the Nursing Crisis tries to answer this question.




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