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The nation's only nursing education program that turns foreign-trained physicians into nurses recently received a $1.4 million federal grant. Offered by the Florida International University School of Nursing in Miami, the New Americans in Nursing program helps prepare under employed foreign-educated physicians living in the United States to become nurses and obtain employment. Initiated in 2002, the program graduated its first class of 32 students in December 2003.

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The grant is part of the government's $24.4 million High Growth Job Training Initiative, which aims to alleviate critical workforce shortages. It will help the university expand its program to accommodate classes of 100 students.