Change requirements to get more nurses licensed

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The field of nursing is severely understaffed. Many times one nurse is performing the tasks of two or three nurses. As Governor Cuomo stated; now more than ever more nurses are needed to help battle this growing pandemic. There are many of us who would like to be on the front lines helping to serve both our medical and home communities but cannot due to entrance exams being cancelled, small over competitive nursing programs, and nursing clinicals being cancelled. I’d like to petition for the removal of entrance exams into nursing programs, increasing the size of nursing programs and the amount of students accepted, and excellerate the restart of nursing programs. While this may not directly help in this pandemic it does assure that many more nurses will enter the workforce, be trained and able to assist in the near future.