Shot of nurses hands

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Nurses needed: Why there is a critical shortage in Maine

Why does someone choose to become a nurse? The most common answer is to provide care to another human being. Compassionate care. In this seven-part series on nursing in Maine, we explore the challenges and rewards of being a nurse. At the moment, the nation and especially Maine faces a critical shortage of nurses. We look at why in part one of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report. Read more.

Bruce Raymond/Nurses needed/Maine

Bruce Raymond/Source: Maine Medical Center

Nurses needed: Maine takes action

As Maine faces a critical shortage of nurses, nursing schools and healthcare facilities are already coming up with possible solutions. We take a look at some of them. Read more.

Mike Denbow, Registered Nurse/Maine

Mike Denbow, RN/Source: VNA Home Health Hospice

Nurses needed: Are you man enough?

Historically, men played a major role in caring for the sick. Their numbers dwindled in the late 19th century as people began to see nursing as “women’s work.” Today, we’re seeing a slow, but steady increase in the numbers of men who become nurses. We hear from several Maine nurses about their chosen profession. Nurses who happen to be men. Read more.

Nurse in the community

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Nurses needed: In the community

Nursing care is moving from inside the hospital to outside in the community. What kind of work are nurses doing if they’re not at the bedside? How are they being trained? You’ll find some answers in Nurses Needed: In the community. Read more.

Nurse with baby

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Nurses needed: Public health nursing in Maine

Public health nurses have been traveling the state of Maine since 1920, trying to keep people healthy and prevent diseases. They still do, but in far fewer numbers and under challenging circumstances. We look at the current state of Maine’s Public Health Nursing Program. Read more.

Deb Monck, registered nurse

Deb Monck (L) receiving a nursing award/Source: Lincoln Health

Nurses needed: Showing our gratitude

In celebration of National Nurses Week and of the dedication that most nurses show each and every day, we’re sharing some love. Read stories of nurses who made a difference in someone’s life – in part six of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report. Has a nurse made a difference in YOUR life? Read more.

Nursing student

Graham Ratner, nursing student/Source: St. Joseph’s College

Nurses needed: A brief history of nursing in Maine

While at its core, the practice of nursing continues to be caring for people, the profession has undergone many changes over time. We take a brief look at the history of nursing in Maine in the final segment of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report. Read more.