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Shanda Bischof, left, and Jen Rode are first-year students in the LPN nursing program at Rasmussen College in Moorhead, where a new RN program is being started. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Dave Wallis

Rasmussen moves to meet nursing demands

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As the home of multiple assisted-living facilities, two major health systems and a new multi-million-dollar hospital under construction, the Fargo-Moorhead area is feeling the squeeze of a national nursing shortage.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of registered nurses needed in North Dakota and Minnesota will grow by 22 percent by 2020, and there will be 2,500 job openings each year in the two states.

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