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Chris Crain: Turn laid-off workers into nurses

May 15, 2006

Barbara Redman, dean of Wayne State's College of Nursing, comments in a column about Michigan's shortage of nurses. Detroit area hospitals employ more than 4,000 Canadian nurses who travel each day from Windsor. State lawmakers, in committee, are debating legislation that would let out-of-state nurses work in Michigan without a Michigan license. "While the nursing shortage is real and extremely critical, the good news is that it's an easy problem to fix," Redman says. "It just takes money: money to recruit, retain and expand the number of faculty, which in turn increases the number of qualified students who can be accepted into nursing programs."