California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pledged $30 million over five years to efforts to recruit, educate and train nurses and called on the state's hospitals and educational institutions to match the investment. Rick Rice, undersecretary of Labor and Workforce Development, said the state will spend $6 million per year on nurse development projects that pair hospitals and healthcare providers with colleges and universities. Each partner must pledge to match the state's investment in the project, so that total spending over five years would equal $90 million. The initiative is one of at least two dozen proposals by Schwarzenegger's administration to combat a growing shortage of nurses. Among the other proposals: loan forgiveness for nurse graduate students who become nursing faculty; revamped regulations to accelerate license applications; and high school "nursing academies" to prepare students academically for nursing school and reduce dropouts rates among nursing students. -- by Melanie Evans
Schwarzenegger offers $90 million nurse development plan
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