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Computer system upgrades delay licensing for nursing graduates
Los Angeles Times

In December, Ben Villarreal graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Samuel Merritt University’s nursing program in Oakland. In short order, he received two job offers at UC hospitals with programs for new graduates.

But with less than a month to go before his start dates, the 22-year-old said he is concerned that he could lose both promising opportunities. As of mid-February, California’s Board of Registered Nursing still hadn’t given him the go-ahead to take the nursing exam needed to get his license and start a new job.

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