California Nursing Education Initiative

Investigator: David Vlahov, RN, PhD, FAAN
Sponsor: California Employment Development Department

Location(s): United States


Governor Schwarzenegger launched the California Nurse Education Initiative in April 2005, in response to a critical shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) in California. When the Initiative was created, California faced a shortage of 9,900 RNs annually, with this number slated to accumulate to 47,600 RNs by 2010 and 116,600 by 2020. The Initiative has focused on five key policy areas: 
1. Expanding educational capacity in nursing programs 
2. Recruiting and retaining nursing faculty 
3. Forging public-private partnerships to address the shortage collaboratively 
4. Developing new avenues to nursing careers 
5. Identifying additional funding sources to support the Initiative