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Surge in Young Nurses over the Past Decade

A new survey shows more and more young women are becoming nurses.

Researchers say between 2002 and 2009, the number of women ages 23 to 26 years old becoming full-time registered nurses was up 62 percent.

The surge came after a sharp decline in young female nurses in the 1980s and 90s.

Researchers say that decline had worried some there would be future nurse shortages.

But, they say based on current numbers, we could be looking at the largest cohort of registered nurses ever observed.

And researchers say they only expect the field to keep growing over the next two decades.


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