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Opinion: Go national to solve the country's looming nursing shortage

from STAT

Nurses need our support now more than ever as they manage the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, working long hours and risking their own well-being to care for those who are sick. With nurses’ crucial work in the national spotlight, it is time for policymakers to address the long-anticipated nursing shortage that could leave the U.S. unable to combat the next health crisis. Predictions of a shortage of nearly half a million nurses due to retirements are highlighted even more by the realities of this pandemic. An arcane tangle of state regulations is deepening the existing nursing shortage and making it harder to fight the pandemic. It is time to sweep away these unneeded regulations and turn instead to a national standard. more

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