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Nursing and the Media

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Nurses are at the forefront of patient care, a fact that has never been more evident than with the ongoing Ebola crisis. The shortage of nurses -- and the demand for them as baby boomers age -- has been well-documented. Local authors and advocates Sandy and Harry Jacobs Summers claim that media stereotypes about nursing are part of the reason people are discouraged from joining the profession. Their book is, “Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk." Guest Host Nathan Sterner 

 With production help from Midday intern Marjie Goodman

"If radio were a two-way visual medium," Nathan would see WYPR listeners every weekday between 5am and 3pm. Weekday mornings, Nathan serves up the latest Maryland news and weather (interspersed with the occasional snarky comment). Nathan also does continuity breaks through the midday, adds audio flaire to Sheilah Kast's "On The Record," infrequently fills in for Tom Hall on "Midday," does all sorts of fundraising stuff, AND "additional tasks where assigned". When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University, and spends their spare time running around Baltimore's neighborhoods and hiking around Maryland's natural areas. Before coming to WYPR, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from part-time receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production. They've also served as a fundraising consultant, assisting dozens of public radio stations nationwide with on-air fundraisers. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Nathan has called Charm City home since 2005.