A bill currently being considered by Michigan's Senate Education Committee would allow community colleges to offer 4-year degrees in nursing and other fields. David Jesse, of the Detroit Free Press, reported that the bill has already been passed by Michigan's House of Representatives and is now being reviewed by the state Senate. Proponents of the bill argue that the legislation would reduce the cost of 4-year nursing degrees while closing the projected 18,000 nurse shortage slated for 2015. This proposed bill aligns with recommendations made in the IOM's Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report.
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