As the U.S. economy climbed out of recession, demand for nurses has increased at hospitals and outpatient clinics. "First of all, the population is aging, which puts more people into needs for care. But the Affordable Care Act will likely bring more uninsured or under-insured people into the care system," said Charleen Tachibana, chief nursing officer at Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center. Ross McGilvray, who moved from a job as a mechanic to nursing school, said it took him seven months after graduating to find work in a telemetry unit.

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