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Doctors And Nurses Facing Tough Choices

Doctors and nurses consider job security and the differences between primary care and specialties when choosing their career paths.

The Business Courier of Cincinnati reports on an increase in nursing: "The recession has people craving a safe harbor, and nursing is probably the closest thing to it. The upshot is that not only are career-changers looking to get into nursing, but former nurses are coming back to the field, and older nurses are putting off retirement" (Ritchie, 7/2).

NPR reports on young doctors and health care: "Two young doctors, just finishing up their residencies, discuss the decisions behind their career choices. Nicole Loeding is going into primary care, while Brian Southern, after becoming disillusioned with primary care, has chosen pulmonary critical care" (All Things Considered interview, 7/1).

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