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This headline has multiple possible interpretations, but the intended meaning (presumably "Decline in educated nurses puts lives at risk") is not one of them!

Peter Harvey

I suppose it's a headline reduction of Having fewer nurses educated to degree level is putting patients' lives at risk but it's been done so badly that, as you say, the original meaning cannot be retrieved from what we see.

Here in Spain headlines are written in complete sentences. Understanding them in English-language papers is very difficult for foreign students.

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