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Some nursing programs had to turn away students because of a shortage of faculty and clinical sites.

Despite a national nursing shortage in the U.S., over 80,000 qualified applications were not accepted at U.S. nursing schools in 2020 - due primarily to a shortage of nursing professors and a limited number of clinical placements where nursing students get practical job training. Read more»

Robin Schaeffer, executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association, which represents 80,000 Arizona nurses, worries that the current struggles faced by many nursing graduates will lead to a shortage when demand for nurses picks up again.

Nursing has long been considered a career with boundless demand, in part due to Arizona’s rapid growth, but recent years have seen a tightening job market. Experts, educators and leaders in the field of nursing point to the economic downturn, a state mandate that colleges and universities turn out more nurses and changes in the nature of health care as reasons. Read more»

Pima Community College is set to graduate the largest class in the school's history Thursday at Tucson Convention Center Arena, with 3,624 students. Read more»

A 24-state compact has provided cover for nurses suspected of negligence or misconduct, leaving them free to work across nearly half the country and potentially put patients in jeopardy. Read more»