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Nursing Ranks, Employment Growing
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The number of licensed registered nurses (RNs) nationwide grew 5% to a new annual high of 3.1 million between 2004 and 2008—representing a net growth of 153,806 nurses, according to a report released Wednesday by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The youngest population of nurses also grew for the first time in 30 years, which helped “restock the pool” of RNs, according to the report.