Media Tip Sheet: Nursing Workforce Challenges Amid Recent Strikes & Winter Surge of Viruses

January 19, 2023

Thousands of New York City nurses were back to work this week after a three-day strike, but the issues of staffing shortages, burnout, and high caseloads continue to mount for nurses across the U.S. It comes as hospital systems nationwide continue to deal with an influx of respiratory viruses like Covid-19, the flu and RSV, among other illnesses, with many hospitals are reporting capacity concerns amid this winter surge.

GW's Richard Ricciardi

If you would like more context on this matter, please consider Richard Ricciardi, a professor in the School of Nursing and the Executive Director for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University. Prior to joining GW, Ricciardi served as the Director, Division of Practice Improvement and Senior Advisor for Nursing at AHRQ.

Ricciardi can speak to the workforce challenges nurses currently face, including burnout and staffing shortages. He can also address the nursing strikes over recent months in many parts of the U.S., as nurses called attention to significant issues including understaffing and patient care.

If you would like to speak with Prof. Ricciardi, please contact GW Media Relations Specialist Cate Douglass at [email protected].