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Nurses Get Boost to Meet State's Needs


With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an Arkansas coalition is preparing nurses to address critical health care challenges. Co-led by AARP, the Arkansas Action Coalition encourages nurses to further their education and take on leadership roles.

Arkansas is facing a projected 24 percent shortage of nurses needed in the state next year, which could worsen to a 34 percent shortage by 2020, a RWJF report shows.

Thirty states received grants to bolster ongoing efforts to advance the nonprofit Institute of Medicine’s recommendations on the future of nursing. Key goals are to remove regulatory barriers that limit nurses’ scope of duties and to encourage nurses to earn advanced degrees. For more information, go to


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