Why not nursing?

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA.
Nursing Management 08/2005; 35(7):46-9. DOI: 10.1097/00152193-200507000-00047
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ABSTRACT Does nursing have an image problem that scares off potential nursing students? Here's what high-school students and adult career-switchers think about nursing as a potential career choice.

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