All but 20 Nebraska counties have fewer nurses than national standards, which is part of a growing nurse shortage in the state that is fueled in part by a lack of nursing school faculty, Juliann Sebastian, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, told a legislative hearing. State nursing programs turned away about 402 applicants during 2010-11. A state study found possible solutions include efforts to recruit and retain nursing faculty, as well as improving rural health access and infrastructure.

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