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Nursing: A Career to Consider
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Rhode Island, as well as the nation, is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care continues to grow. Compounding the problem is the inability of colleges and universities to increase nursing program enrollments as demand grows and faculty retire. Nationally, 4.7 million workers are classified as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses or certified nursing assistants. Nearly 85 percent of these nurses work within the health care industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nearly one-quarter of the four million job openings expected to occur during the 2006-2016 projection period will be in the nursing field.

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