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January 25th, 2011

A number of students are choosing to pursue nursing degrees while they wait for the recession to pass, reports the Daily Titan.

For example, many students enrolled in California State University, Fullerton’s (CSUF) nursing program say that they see their time at the institution as an investment while they wait for the economy to improve.

Atossa Araghian, a CSUF nursing student, is hopeful that the economy is moving in the right direction and told the news source that she believes there will be more job opportunities by the time she graduates.

Mary Wickman, coordinator of pre-licensure programs at CSUF, says that the state of the economy is bringing a number of nurses out of retirement and back into the workforce. Individuals who were working part-time positions are now going full-time.

“Right now what we’re seeing is that there are a lot of hospitals not employing new grads, and they will have many applicants and only a few that are offered jobs because if the available space,” Wickman says.

The hospitals are also suffering. A number of facilities have had to downsize, put a freeze on hiring or shut down due to the economy.

Despite the uncertain uncertain economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of registered nurses to increase by 22 percent over the next eight years.