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Connecticut governor's plan to cut nurse training assailed

Hartford Courant, December 2, 2009

Connecticut Sen. Edith Prague and the leader of the Connecticut League for Nursing on Tuesday criticized Gov. M. Jodi Rell's plan to suspend a nurse training program, saying the program not only creates jobs, but addresses a nursing shortage. Faced with a budget deficit, Rell has decided to suspend the state's adult education program for licensed practical nurses, which trains about 350 LPNs every 16 months. Prague said nurses are critically needed at hospitals and nursing homes, particularly as the population ages.