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nursing education initiative

Nursing Education Initiative

Presented by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency

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“Nurses are people of compassion and courage. Their profession is a labor of love and without them we simply could not deliver quality care for patients. California is facing a severe nursing shortage and it is absolutely critical that we open up the nursing profession to everyone who has the passion and potential.”

  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger April 13, 2005
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Nursing Education Initiative
  • The Problem
  • The Task Force
  • The Solution
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Problem

California’s major challenge is to expand educational capacity in nursing programs

  • California needs at least 9,000 RNs annually, but our nursing programs only graduate close to 6,000 nurses per year
  • Nursing programs are at capacity, and an average of 40 percent of applicants are denied admission each year
  • A lack of clinical lab space, classrooms and qualified faculty contribute to the limited educational capacity
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Problem

Like all other regions in California, the San Joaquin Valley faces a nursing shortage

  • The San Joaquin Valley has an estimated 900 to 1,000 RN job openings per year (EDD projection)
  • The RN employment growth rate in some parts of the region is higher than the State’s average:
    • Madera County: 82.2%
    • Fresno County: 42.8%
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Task Force

The Governor created an on-going Taskforce to oversee implementation of the Nurse Education Initiative. The Taskforce consists of:

  • Secretary, Health & Human Services
  • Secretary, Labor & Workforce Development
  • Secretary, State & Consumer Services
  • Secretary, Veterans Affairs
  • Secretary, Education
  • President, University of CA System
  • Chancellor, CA State University System
  • Chancellor, CA Community Colleges
  • Department of Finance
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Solution

The Governor’s Nursing Education Initiative

  • Help colleges and universities expand educational capacity
  • Recruit more qualified instructors
  • Develop new avenues to nursing careers
  • Seek additional funds for nurse education from the federal government and other funding sources
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Solution

1.Expand Educational Capacity

  • $90 million project to expand capacity in Community Colleges
    • 19 grants awarded statewide
    • Yield an estimated 2,400 nurses after 5 years
  • Allocated funds to expand Masters and Bachelors programs at CSU and UC
    • At least 440 new enrollment slots created
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Solution

1.Expand Educational Capacity

  • Creating three clinical simulation labs in rural areas of California
  • Allocated $13.2 million in Workforce Investment Act funds to support local nursing education efforts
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Solution

2.Recruit Nursing Faculty

  • The Administration created a loan forgiveness program for nursing students committed to teaching
  • Masters of Science in Nursing and PhD students will be eligible for up to $25,000 in loan forgiveness if they agree to teach in a California nursing program
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Solution

4.Develop new avenues to nursing careers

  • The Administration is developing a plan to expand Nursing Career Academies in high schools
  • Curriculum will have a strong math and science focus
  • Job shadowing and career counseling will be offered
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Nursing Education InitiativeThe Solution

5.Seek additional funding sources

  • Many of the projects underway are funded creatively through public-private partnerships
  • Administration leaders are seeking additional funds for nursing education from the federal government and private foundations
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Nursing Education Initiative

The Solution

Future Action

  • Create a statewide nursing faculty recruitment and retention program
  • Develop regional clinical registries to match students with available clinical placements
  • Transition veterans into the nursing profession
  • Continue to create and expand new nursing programs
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Nurse Education Initiative

For further information, contact:

Kate Tansey

Labor and Workforce Development Agency

(916) 327-9064

[email protected]

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