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What’s Keeping NC Nurses Up At Night?


While North Carolina politicians ponder their role in the pandemic response, healthcare workers know they will be the first responders no matter what. That is why hospitals are pleading that state and local governments order people to shelter-in-place. 

Meanwhile, the healthcare system is still bracing for the worst. Workers on the front lines are already putting in overtime rapidly preparing for shortages of beds and materials. How are these essential employees faring?

Labor organizing at two hospitals in the Mission Health system is under scrutiny after HCA, the company that owns Mission Health, asked for a delay in the process due to the pandemic...but is still holding anti-union meetings with nurses. How will the impending demands affect these negotiations? Host Anita Rao talks with Carolina Public Press managing editor Frank Taylor about the effort to unionize nurses in Western North Carolina.

Several healthcare workers join the conversation to describe their daily realities and anxieties, from a family nurse in Western North Carolina to a surgeon in Winston-Salem. Also joining are Audrey Snyder, associate dean for experiential learning and innovation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing, and Mike Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health.

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Kaia Findlay is a producer for Embodied, WUNC's weekly, live talk show on health, sex and relationships. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Grant Holub-Moorman coordinates events and North Carolina outreach for WUNC, including a monthly trivia night. He is a founding member of Embodied and a former producer for The State of Things.
Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
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