Become a Nurse, Get a Tan

A new Caribbean school helps fill the U.S. nursing shortage

Steve Simonsen for TIME

Kristal Nicks and Brandon Bartholme, students at The International University of Nursing, in St. Kitts.

Who wouldn't want to go to school in a sunny tropical paradise? Brandon Bartholme, for one. When the 30-year-old Californian enrolled at the International University of Nursing (IUON) in St. Kitts earlier this year, it was a last resort. He had applied to several nursing schools in the U.S. but couldn't get in. He was qualified, but the schools simply didn't have room. "On the waiting list to start in 2009 was the best offer I got," Bartholme says. "I realized that to be a nurse, I'd have to leave the U.S."

The irony, of course, is that the U.S. has...

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