Nursing ranks grow, but hurdles lie ahead

  1. [font=times new roman,times,serif]a year ago, the projections were dire. by this year, california would need 201,000 nurses to fill hospitals, nursing facilities and home-health organizations, a shortage of 20,000 nurses. worse still, that estimate was before new laws required hospitals to raise their nurse-to-patient ratio from 1:6 to 1:5 by this january, round the clock.

    [font=times new roman,times,serif]for local hospitals, the current numbers represented a 35 percent shortage, or 2,000 registered nurses in san francisco alone. and for smaller hospitals, many of which already had ratios of 1:9 or 1:10, those requirements were overwhelming.

    [font=times new roman,times,serif]it was enough to spur all sides of the issue into action -- so much so that today, there are 224,000 licensed nurses working in california, according to the board of registered nursing.

    [font=times new roman,times,serif]much of the increase can be attributed to existing nurses obtaining their first license, or renewing their license after it had expired.

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