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Nursing shortage: crisis looms in the United States

The average age of registered nurses in the United States is 47 and climbing. The shortage of RNs stems from the woman’s liberation movement. In the past, women who wanted to work were forced to choose between the low paying options of nursing and teaching. Now, women are moving to higher paying professions leaving the nursing and teaching fields with a chronic shortage of qualified employees.

The solution: increase government spending on nursing education, increase salaries, and improve conditions in our nation’s hospital.

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