THE NURSING SHORTAGE IN CALIFORNIA:
The Public Policy Role Of The California Strategic Planning Committee For Nursing
California is experiencing a nursing shortage resulting from multiple factors. The purpose of this article is to summarize nursing shortage issues in California and present the role of the California Strategic Planning Committee for Nursing (CSPCN) in addressing the issues from a public policy perspective. Reasons for the development of CSPCN as well as goals, objectives, and phases of work are presented. Selected findings from CSPCN's 1999 synthesis of data on the demand for and supply of nurses as well as resulting recommendations are summarized. The role of CSPCN in public policy initiatives is described.