In the next decade California health officials warn we’ll lose about a third of the nursing workforce – or about 100,000 nurses as they retire.
So, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $100 million grant couldn’t have come at a better time. That’s according to Heather M. Young, the dean of UC Davis’s new nursing school. She says right now there aren’t enough schools to meet the demand.
“Last year in this state more than 20,000 qualified applications were received and they were turned away, we couldn’t accommodate these people who wanted to be nurses mainly because of a shortage of faculty.”
Young says graduate programs will start next fall. And, she hopes for additional state and private money for a new building and to expand programs. UCLA and UC San Francisco also have nursing schools.