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14 May 2010

Thurbert Baker Pledges To Create 5,000 New Nursing Jobs

The following press release came from the Thurbert Baker gubernatorial campaign late Thursday afternoon:

ATTORNEY GENERAL THURBERT BAKER RELEASES SECOND PART OF JOBS PLAN

PAID FOR PLAN WILL HELP SOLVE GEORGIA'S NURSE SHORTAGE, CREATE 5,000 JOBS

(Atlanta) Attorney General Thurbert Baker, Democratic candidate for Governor, today released the second part of his job plans. The plan will help solve Georgia's severe and worsening shortage of nurses and create at least 5,000 nursing jobs. Because of a chronic shortage of nursing instructors, Georgia nursing schools turn away more than 4,000 qualified applicants every year.

The plan will expand the number of nursing instructors by more than 100 so that Georgia can train the number of nurses it needs. It will do so by providing scholarships and student loan forgiveness to encourage qualified nurses to enter teaching. The incentives will be paid for by implementing savings already identified by the Department of Audits and Accounts.

"This is the next part of what I promised - a paid for proposal, and one that gets us closer to the 100,000 new jobs I've promised to create as Governor," Baker said. "We will solve a chronic and worsening nurse shortage and create 5,000 nursing jobs. We will be creating jobs and a healthier Georgia at the same time," he continued.

Click here to read the Baker plan in its entirety.