Presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will propose a $3 billion, five-year program aimed at adding 100,000 new nurses to the workforce. Under his plan, the government would help pay tuition for 50,000 nursing students, establish grants for hospitals to improve working conditions and nurse-to-patient ratios, create programs to attract high school students to the profession and eliminate mandatory overtime, which critics say drives nurses from the field. Edwards would pay for the program by repealing tax cuts scheduled to take effect next year for the two highest income brackets. Edwards is expected to unveil his complete healthcare plan Monday. -- by Tony Fong
Edwards outlines plan to expand nursing workforce
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