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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, testified Thursday in support of a nursing education bill that he said would provide $94 million next year to help train more nurses. Hatch called the nursing shortage "critical."

Robert Gross, a businessman on the Utah Job Training Coordinating Council, told the Senate Labor Committee that the problem in training nurses is lack of faculty, not buildings. He said the shortage is particularly acute in Utah.David Sundwall, a former Utahn who now heads the Health Resources and Services Administration, testified that the shortage is nationwide.

Sonja Nielson, a Utah student nurse, and explained some of the problems the shortage of faculty and funds has caused.