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Two United Kingdom (UK) efforts to address nursing shortages spark protests. A proposed change to move from free nursing education to a loan system has sparked protests in the UK. The plans would see the introduction of tuition fees and the elimination of bursaries, which cover students’ living costs. Critics of the proposed plan raise concerns that these changes could deter potential nursing students from entering the profession, furthering shortages. (For more, see: http://bit.ly/1oKa6WW.) Also, not everyone agrees with a decision from the Nursing and Midwifery Council to relax eligibility requirements for nurses seeking permission to work in the country; requirements will entail only a computer-based multiple-choice test and a one-day practical examination. There are concerns that the changes will speed up the recruitment of foreign-trained nurses, who currently undergo supervision for as long as a year, and take jobs away from UK-trained nurses. To read the new regulations, see http://bit.ly/21iQRET. Reporting on nurses’ concerns can be read at http://bit.ly/20WCpNl.