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Nursing, Housing, and Rattlesnakes: Thursday’s Show (March 10, 2016)

Houston Community College has faced a fair amount of criticism in recent years for some land development plans that haven’t worked out. But while that’s gained a lot of notice, and HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado admits “course corrections” need to be made, there’s another challenge – an academic challenge – facing HCC: Its associate degree […]

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Houston Community College has faced a fair amount of criticism in recent years for some land development plans that haven't worked out. But while that's gained a lot of notice, and HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado admits "course corrections" need to be made, there's another challenge – an academic challenge – facing HCC: Its associate degree nursing program is on probation. The Texas Board of Nursing came to that conclusion recently, as the percentage of current nursing students passing the National Council Licensure Examination was below 80 percent for the third straight year.

So, the pressure is on for the program, its instructors and its teachers. And it couldn't come at a worse time for the profession: as we’ve explored previously on this program, demand for nurses in Greater Houston is high, but the supply is falling short. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the situation at HCC with Dr. Philip Nicotera, president of Houston Community College's Coleman College for Health Sciences.

Then, we learn about the demands nurses face from three nursing professionals, in a conversation from 2014. Sheila Fata, Cathy Rozmus, and Susan Markland discuss how the work nurses do has changed since they began in the field.

Houston Housing Market

Also this hour: The Texas Association of Realtors recently released its annual Homebuyers and Sellers Report. The gist: Texas housing demand and new home development remained high last year, but affordability was a challenge because the median household income slightly decreased as home prices continued to rise. Maggie Martin learns how Houston's housing market developed from Scott Davis, regional director for national real estate research and consulting firm Metrostudy's Houston office.

Rattlesnake Fest

Plus: You may have heard of the annual rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, but there's a different sort of event taking place in Conroe this weekend: the Texas Rattlesnake Festival. And as we hear from participant Orry Martin, this festival is celebrating snakes, not killing them.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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