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Local nurses and students discuss the national nursing shortage

Kathleen Peterson and Hannah Brugger on "Connections."
Megan Mack
Kathleen Peterson and Hannah Brugger appears on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

The national nursing shortage has reached levels that some medical experts say is "deadly." Pandemic burnout, better wages and benefits with other opportunities, and other factors have fueled the gaps. In January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that more than 500,000 registered nurses will retire by the end of this year. The shortage is projected to continue through 2030 unless significant changes are made.

This hour, we talk with local nurses and nursing students about the state of their profession, how it impacts health care at the patient level, and what they anticipate for the months and years ahead. Our guests:

  • Kathleen Peterson, Ph.D., registered nurse, and chair and professor in the Department of Nursing at the College at Brockport
  • Shirley Stenabaugh, nurse manager for the MedSurg Flex team at Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Tara Rizzo, senior level III registered nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital 
  • Hannah Brugger, second semester student in the accelerated nursing program at SUNY Brockport
  • Nicole Edwards-Reynolds, second semester student in the accelerated nursing program at SUNY Brockport
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."