The COVID-19 pandemic worsened a national shortage of registered nurses, making it increasingly urgent that policymakers invest in higher education, coordinate strategies to alleviate the pressures on the nursing workforce, and make the entire health care system more equitable and stable.

This report by the Center for American Progress examines some of the barriers in higher education that contribute to the nation’s nursing shortages and offers recommendations for how policymakers can help colleges and universities train and support more nurses.

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Infographic: How the Nursing Shortage Affects Families

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