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Nursing Program Director at Le Moyne College Featured in WCNY’s “Inside the Nursing Crisis”

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Dr. Susan Bastable, chair and professor of the Department of Nursing at Le Moyne College, will be featured in WCNY’s “Inside the Nursing Crisis.” The program will air at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, on WCNY channels 24.1 and 24.4 (HD), and continue at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 20 and 27. Bastable appears in the second and fourth episodes.

The first wave of baby boomers is starting to retire, and the healthcare system is bracing itself for 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.

WCNY’s new four-part series, “Inside the Nursing Crisis,’’ will examine this serious issue and ask some of the nation’s top nursing experts and hospital administrators for solutions to prevent our healthcare system from plunging into disaster.

Here’s a look at the four episodes of “Inside the Nursing Crisis’’:

• Nurses: The Front Line (Nov. 6): Part one investigates the potential nursing crisis from the perspective of nurses. By looking back at pioneers of the industry, the show focuses on how noble and committed the nursing profession is today. Experts and everyday nurses discuss some of the causes that may lead to an all-out crisis. Can we blame it entirely on the baby-boomer generation, or are other factors such as violence in the workplace fueling this fear?

• Patients: Consumers of Care (Nov. 13): Nurses have always been central to the U.S. healthcare system. But with projections for a dramatic shortage in the next decade, could your family’s healthcare pay the price? Whether you consider yourself a patient or a consumer of healthcare, the critical balance of nurses in the system is a national problem that’s not going away. Debates continue over possible solutions; however, many worry that there won’t be enough qualified nurses at bedside.

• Hospitals: Finding a Balance (Nov. 20): What are hospital administrators doing to address this problem? Hospital CEOs Kevin Churchwell, of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, and John McCabe, of Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, speak candidly about the nursing crisis and explain the everyday challenges they face in running their businesses. The role of chief nursing officer is also examined, with an in-depth look at how chief nursing officers juggle patient acuity with accurate staffing needs.

• Schools: Why Aren’t the Seats Full? (Nov. 27): A rising demand for qualified nurses has students taking a fresh look at this profession. However, getting them to the bedside is not as easy as it sounds. Thousands of potential nurses are being turned away each year as schools across the country struggle with a high number of retiring faculty and private sector salaries. A diminishing pool of nursing faculty is leaving many to wonder, “Who will teach the nurses of the future?”

Production underwriting for “Inside the Nursing Crisis’’ is provided by Excelsior College with additional underwriting provided by the American Nurses Association.

For more information on the program, contact Matt Michael at WCNY-TV/FM at matthew_michael@wcny.org or (315) 453-2424, ext. 221.

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posted on: 11/3/2011