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Spectrum News 1: More Nurses Needed—California Grapples With Registered Nurse Shortage

Spectrum News 1 spoke with Cedars-Sinai Chief Nursing Officer Anita Girard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, and recently retired Cedars-Sinai nurse Amelita Cabatic, RN, about a nationwide shortage of nurses, which could worsen as many experienced professionals are expected to retire soon.

The Spectrum News 1 report shined a spotlight on the intense pressure nurses have faced throughout the pandemic. Hospitals and clinics have been treating large numbers of patients, partly due to COVID-19 and partly because people put off healthcare during the worst stages of the pandemic, worsening their medical conditions. As these demands mount, many seasoned nurses are approaching their retirement.

"The wisdom walking out the door, that's really a concern for nursing. Some incredible legacy, incredible care they've given their patients," Girard told Spectrum. She hopes more people will join the profession and experience the same fulfillment that she has over the past 30 years. "It’s truly the most beautiful profession on the planet," she said.

Fortunately for Girard, not all retired nurses are gone for good. Cabatic told Spectrum that although she is enjoying her newfound free time, she misses her team and plans to return to the field to train younger nurses.

"A lot of education needs to be done. I think the young nurses need the brains of the pioneers in the profession," Cabatic said.

For Cabatic, nursing wasn't just a job. It has given her profound, meaningful work and allowed her to contribute to society.

"Looking back, if I leave this earth, I did my part," she told Spectrum.

Click here to view the complete segment from Spectrum News 1.