April 22, 2008
Re "Crisis in healthcare foreseen," April 15 The nursing shortage in the U.S. is one reason our healthcare system is unprepared to meet the needs of aging baby boomers. Plenty of enthusiastic and qualified applicants with interest in a geriatric focus are turned away from nursing programs because there simply is not enough faculty to educate them. Our healthcare system lags behind the expanding roles that nurses can play. Devoting resources to their education and training is an excellent way to address the shortage of practitioners with geriatric expertise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2008 |
Marie J. Cowan, a UCLA dean and noted researcher who revitalized the university's School of Nursing by advocating for an expanded nursing program and encouraging faculty research, died of colon cancer Feb. 22 at UCLA Medical Center. She was 69. "Under her leadership, the School of Nursing returned to top-10 status nationally," Chancellor Gene D. Block wrote last week in a letter to the campus community.
June 17, 2007
Re "Nurse deficit afflicts state," June 11 One of the main problems with increasing enrollment or opening a new nursing program is the lack of registered nurses with a master's degree or higher in nursing. The costs for obtaining this additional education may be out of the reach for many potential nurses. A program waiving student loans for registered nurses who complete a master's in nursing program and agree to teach at a nursing program would go far in resolving this issue. Addressing the shortage of nursing faculty will go a long way in improving the availability of nursing programs for potential students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2007 |
Nicole Oswell was a straight-A student passionately interested since first grade in following in her mother's footsteps as a registered nurse. But she had to wait two years to get into Los Angeles Trade Tech's nursing program, she said, her frustration mounting as national nursing shortages worsened. Lizbeth Gutierrez got lucky. Her wait was only six months.
March 6, 2006 |
When human resources manager Kelly Terrell put the word out that the Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital was hiring nurses, she expected to have a tough time filling positions. California, after all, is in the midst of a serious nursing shortage, lacking anywhere between 7,000 and 21,000 to properly serve the state's population, according to a 2005 analysis by the Center for California Health Workforce Studies and UC San Francisco. Instead, Terrell was flooded with 1,500 resumes.
March 24, 2005
Re "Nursing a Grudge," editorial, March 19: Nurses are leaving nursing for the very reason stated -- they are responsible for the care of too many acutely ill patients. After 14 years as a medical-surgical nurse, I have accepted a position as a recovery room nurse, where I am responsible for only two patients, not the 10 acutely ill patients assigned to me on the medical-surgical floor. Nancy Hoover RN Apple Valley I have the solution to the nursing shortage: Reduce funding to all public hospitals so they can no longer afford to buy proper medical equipment.