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Caroline Branch, a Grand Canyon University student who is president of the Student Nurses Association of Arizona, says she and other nursing students have been surprised to learn that first jobs are tougher to come by these days. Cronkite News Service Photo by Kay Miller Temple

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With demand down, first jobs tougher to come by for new nurses in Arizona

Getting top grades, serving as president of her student nursing association and networking with professionals didn't get Chloe Burtcher the nursing job she knew was her calling when she received an associate degree from Yavapai College in 2012.