Enrollment in nursing programs nationwide has increased every year for almost a decade and the worsening economy is making the profession even more popular. However, some experts say a lack of available spots in nursing schools and the hard work and dedication required of nurses could be barriers for some aspiring RNs. "Yes, it's a route to some form of job security, but you really have to want to be a nurse," said Frances LaFauci, associate dean of nursing for Suffolk County Community College, adding, "You have to be tough, physically and mentally."

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