Whereas, It has been projected that California will suffer a shortfall of 25,000 Registered Nurses by 2006, and a national sample survey indicates that in 1996, California had only 566 Registered Nurses per 100,000 population, the lowest proportion in the country; and
Whereas, The current lack of financial support to Associate Degree programs makes it difficult for colleges to provide programs for persons who wish to complete an Associate Degree in nursing or continue their education towards a baccalaureate degree in nursing;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate support legislation to address the nursing shortage in the State of California; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate collaborate in generating system wide solutions to address the nursing shortage in testate and seek funding outside of Proposition 98 funds to meet the needs of nursing and other high cost programs.
ASCCC participates in System Office discussions of solutions to the nursing shortage, including IMPAC and other articulation issues.