One reason California does not have enough nurses is the Golden State does not have enough faculty to teach nursing, so we need to better fund those faculty positions.
That's what Cal State University officials are saying with their fears the problem may become worse if we don't act now.
Cal State officials cite federal Bureau of Health Professions statistics that rank California 46th in the nation when it comes to nurses per capita, at 743 registered nurses per 100,000 people.
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Meanwhile, Cal State Long Beach received 450 applications for 82 spots this fall, an acceptance rate of just 18 percent. The story is much the same at other Cal State campuses that teach nursing.
"The issue is that you can't expand until you have more faculty, and you can't have more faculty until you have the money to pay them," Margaret Brady, a professor in Cal State Long Beach's School of Nursing, recently told the Los Angeles Daily News.
So, to follow this carrot and needlestick argument, Cal State needs to pony up more to attract more nursing faculty to train the future nurses we desperately need. Where does it hurt? The wallet, obviously.