Number of Nursing School Grads Increases in California

An increased number of nursing school graduates could help ease a shortage in California, a new study says.

The number of graduates has grown by 73 percent during the past five years, according to research by the University of California, San Francisco's Center for California Health Workforce Studies.

"If policymakers can sustain the growth in nursing programs that they've achieved, the nursing shortage will be solved over the next 10 to 15 years," lead researcher Joanne Spetz said.

Last year, nurses statewide worked an average of 9.6 hours a day and 45 percent of nurses with active California licenses are over 50 years old.

Information from: San Jose Mercury News,

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