Nearly 100 nursing students set to graduate from Des Moines Area Community College in May but who have not yet obtained their nursing licenses will be able to complete their education and be hired as nurses, under a section of the disaster emergency proclamation issued by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday. The governor has authorized the Iowa Board of Nursing to issue emergency licenses to nurses who have not yet obtained their initial licensure so long as they have completed their education requirements. “This proclamation was absolutely necessary for us to graduate our nursing students this May,” said Arthur Brown, DMACC academic dean of health and public services, in a news release. “We still have some work ahead but we are working hard to prepare work-ready nurses to help fight this crisis.” Because of the potential threat of nursing students contracting COVID-19 and the limited supplies of personal protective equipment, nursing students are not being allowed to complete their clinical hours in most facilities across the state. The proclamation, effective through April 16 unless extended, enables nursing students to meet their requirements through simulation experiences.