OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The number of licensed nurses in Oklahoma is at an all-time high.
The Oklahoman reports that its recent open records request to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing found there are 74,656 licensed nurses in the state. That number is an increase of more than 22,000 during the past decade.
Nursing board executive director Kim Glazier says the increase can be traced to 2004 or 2005 when reports began that there was a looming nursing shortage and efforts were made to attract more people to nursing. Glazer says the economic recession that began in 2008 also led to nurses who had left the profession to return to the work.
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