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Nurses In Iowa (#1324)

By 2009, it is projected that 64 percent of the current registered nurses will be retired or over the age of 65. By 2010, surveys indicate that almost half (49 percent) of Iowa re. Iowa, like the rest of the nation, is facing a critical shortage of nurses. How does the state plan to improve the shortage when it ranks 50th in the median hourly pay for nurses? As the profession celebrates Nurse ws from those who know about the shortage firsthand.

Mary Mincer Hansen, the first nurse to lead the Iowa Department of Public Health, hopes to use her new position to improve morale in her profession. Living in Iowa gets her perspectives on the issue, as well as the perspectives of Lorinda Inman with the Iowa Board of Nursing, Jean Logan, head of the division of nursing at Grand View College, and other nursing professionals past and future.

Also this week, viewers can learn about young dancers in Iowa who dream of dancing professionally but who will most likely need to leave the state to do so. But a Des Moines couple is working to create an environment where the next generation of dancers can dance professionally right here in Iowa. Albert d Elizabeth Harano Adams are sharing their talent and training to teach young people in a professional environment. This week, Living in Iowa profiles the Adams n Iowa.

Finally this week, viewers can visit the Blank Park Zoo Discovery Center with Side Roads host Paul Berge. Paul oad takes him through both the woods and the rain forest in Blank Park Zoo [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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