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Abidemi Balogun followed her dream to become a nurse. Her aspiration was to “help reduce health disparities in impoverished communities.” In the pursuit of reaching her goals, Balogun began the nursing journey at Resurrection University in Chicago. While attending, Balogun was in the accelerated nursing program as well as in the esteemed Interprofessional Scholar Program.…

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When Stephanie Ijaola first attended college, she had no idea what she would major in.  After reminiscing about her mother’s educational journey, it didn’t take long to make a decision. Ijaola, a Nigerian-American and the firstborn of six children, currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Ijaola’s decision to become a nurse made her the third-generation nurse…

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Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession with more than 3.1 million registered nurses practicing nationwide. However, the nursing shortage is expected to intensify, reaching 1 million by 2030, increasing the urgency and need for many more nurses to meet the growing demand for patient care. According to Dr. Karen Cox, president of Chamberlain University,…

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