ERIC Number: ED338189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
California's Capacity To Prepare Registered Nurses. A Preliminary Inquiry Prepared for the Legislature in Response to Assembly Bill 1055 (Chapter 924, Statutes of 1990).
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This report addresses three issues concerning the ability of California's collegiate nursing programs to produce enough registered nurses to meet a growing statewide shortage: (1) the existing enrollment capacity of nursing programs in the State's public and private colleges and universities; (2) plans for the expansion of enrollments on existing campuses and the possible addition of new programs; and (3) the status of curriculum articulation between community college and California State University programs. The report suggests that capacity and potential for expansion are affected significantly by variables outside a program's ability to change (e.g., availability of clinical placements and recruitment and retention of qualified faculty), and that the State could do well to focus limited resources on these other aspects of the shortage equation and those aimed at improving the working conditions of nurses. These variables, it is argued, ultimately have the determining effect on California's ability to meet its current demand for registered nurses. An appendix contains a copy of Assembly Bill 1055 (1990), and the Executive Summary of "Meeting the Immediate and Future Needs for Nursing in California." (GLR)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Higher Education, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Nursing Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, State Colleges, State Legislation, State Universities
California Postsecondary Education Commission, 1020 Twelfth Street, Third Floor, Sacramento, CA 98514-3985 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.