Apply Common Sense to Nursing Degree Debate

If rest is the best medicine and an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then common sense needs a place at the table in discussions about whether community colleges should be able to award bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

The issue has arisen in Springfield as the nation responds to an expected shortage of registered nurses and employers who want nurses with four-year degrees. Legislators need to consider the health care needs of the state’s residents in making their eventual decision and pay less attention to university lobbyists.

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