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Nursing schools cannot attract a greater number of able applicants than they currently do unless the problems of low wages and high-stress working conditions in the nursing profession are solved. If the pool of able applicants to nursing school does not increase beyond the current level, either the profession will have to lower its entrance standards, or there will soon be an acute shortage of nurses. It is not certain, however, that lowering entrance standards will avert a shortage. It is clear that with either a shortage of nurses or lowered entrance standards of the profession, the current high quality of health care cannot be maintained.
Which one of the following can be property inferred from the passage?
(A) If the nursing profession solves the problems of low wages and high-stress working conditions, it will attract able applicants in greater numbers than it currently does.
(B) The nursing profession will have to lower its entrance standards if the pool of able applicants to nursing school does not increase beyond the current level.
(C) If the nursing profession solves the problems of low wages and high-stress working conditions, high quality health care will be maintained.
(D) If the nursing profession fails to solve the problems of low wages and high-stress working conditions, there will soon be an acute shortage of nurses.
(E) The current high quality of health care will not be maintained if the problems of low wages and high-stress working conditions in the nursing profession are not solved.

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20 Jun 2006, 07:24
E.

Unsolved problems imply either acute shortage of nurses or lowering entrance standards to nursing schols. Both will lead to the inability to maintain current quality of health care .
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20 Jun 2006, 14:43
Indeed OA is E. I chose A because I had following raisoning

Nursing schools cannot attract a greater number of able applicants than they currently do unless the problems of low wages and high-stress working conditions in the nursing profession are solved.

equivalent to

conditions not solved=> schools cannot attract
so
conditions solved=> can attract

thus (A).

But now I see why I had it wrong.
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20 Jun 2006, 18:20
I would have voted for E though OA is already publised.
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21 Jun 2006, 04:24
Stem says If A then B
Answer is E ... If not B, then not A
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