Licensing halt a bitter pill; 2 DACA women facing closed door in Arkansas nursing field

Posted: October 15, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.
Updated: October 16, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna, who is pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with the help of her mother’s savings, says she’ll get her degree even though she cannot be licensed in Arkansas. “That’s really important to me because I will be the first in my family,” she said.

Marisol Rodriguez drained her personal savings -- accumulated from grueling 12-hour shifts at a De Queen chicken plant -- and still needed a loan to pay for the nursing degree she received in June. Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna is tapping into her mom's life savings in pursuit of a nursing career.

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