The Tennessean/Chattanooga Times Free Press, January 21, 2011
Dozens of Tennessee nurses have had their licenses suspended for ignoring their student loans. They join the growing ranks of professionals who are suffering real-world consequences for failing to pay off the money they borrowed for their education. More and more states are yanking the licenses from lawyers, healthcare workers, teachers and other professionals until they get on a payment plan. In October, Tennessee cracked down on 42 nurses who were in default on their student loans—and in violation of a state law that requires licensed professionals in Tennessee to repay the money they borrowed for their educations, or face the consequences. Without a license, the nurses—including 13 from Nashville and its neighboring counties—will be unable to work in their field. Their names were recorded in the Tennessee Department of Health's monthly disciplinary report.