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National Nursing Shortage Effects Felt in SWFL

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It's National Nurses Week. A Gallup poll recently ranked nursing the most trusted profession for the 16th consecutive year. Yet, there aren’t enough nurses to go around. 

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition held an event Wednesday in Sarasota, at which they discussed measures to combat a serious shortage of nurses that's impacting hospitals and nursing schools in Southwest Florida and across the nation.

The coalition's founder, Jan Mauck, recently retired from Sarasota Memorial Hospital after 41 years. Mauck joins Gulf Coast Live to share about some of the group's efforts to combat the issue.

Also joining the show is Immokalee Technical College’s health science coordinator, Cynthia Hantzis, who teaches the nurses of tomorrow.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.