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      NMU nurses graduate

      Northern Michigan University graduated their latest class of nurses Friday. Forty-nine nursing students received their pins and congratulations from NMU staff, friends and family. From here the students have to take the state board of nursing exam and then they will become registered nurses. Several of the students are already employed in their field.

      "It's predicted that about a million nurses will be needed by 2020, and that's about 26 percent more nurses than we currently have in practice now, so everyone of these nurses is marketable and every one of them will have a job as a registered nurse for their entire career if they choose," said Director of the NMU Nursing School, Nancy Gasiewicz.

      This was the last nursing class at NMU to be fast tracked, meaning some students were able to skip a semester or double up on classes to finish in less time than normal.