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By Jeff Holy
R-Cheney, 6th Legislative District Representative 

Legislature considering bill to address nurse shortage


Nursing is one of the most noble and trusted professions in our society. Just ask any patient who has made a trip to a hospital or had a doctor’s appointment. Nurses perform many tasks – from menial to absolutely crucial – and all are key to a patient’s well-being.

Unfortunately, as is the case in many other states, there is a serious nursing shortage in Washington.

A report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing warns the U.S. will need 200,000 more registered nurses in 10 years and saw an unprecedented net loss of 100,000 nurses from 2020 to 2021. Those numbers should...

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