California has lots of lawyers, says the state’s Postsecondary Education Commission. Yet legislators voted money for a law school at University of California at Irvine.
Nurses are in short supply, notes Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee.
Even though there’s been a significant increase in training programs in recent years, the state has an estimated 17,000 qualified nursing applicants on schools’ waiting lists.
The Legislature’s budget analyst, Elizabeth Hill, issued a report on the state’s looming shortage of nurses in May, noting that the University of California, in a study by its San Francisco medical school, forecast a demand for registered nurses in 2014 that’s 40,000 higher than the current forecast of supply, given retirement and other factors.
Demand will continue to outpace supply, at least from in-state sources, as baby-boom generation nurses retire and they and other members of that immense cohort require more nursing care.
The Legislature ignored Hill’s suggestions to expand nursing education. It’s more prestigious for a UC campus to have a law school.