Nursing Workforce Shortage

The LA Health Collaborative is working to address L.A. County’s nursing workforce shortage, such as creating a regional master plan. Research shows that nursing improves the quality of care. However, California will need 116,000 new nurses by 2020. In 2004, California ranked 50th in the nation with a ratio of 590 nurses per 100,000 population. A nursing regional report evaluated nursing sufficiency, assigning the L.A. County area a grade of C-. Of the multiple barriers, the major challenge faced is the lack of educational capacity, with nearly half of nursing applicants in L.A. turned away due to lack of space in 2005.

Publications and Documents

Jun 07 2005
Joanne Spetz and Wendy Dyer, UCSF Center for California Health Workforce Studies

Forecasts of the Registered Nurse Workforce in California

Apr 18 2005
Dr. Thomas Garthwaite, L.A. County Department of Health Services (DHS)

Actions for King/Drew Medical Center

Mar 15 2005
Susan Turner, California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC)

A Compendium of Innovative Practices and Partnerships: Expanding Educational Capacity in Nursing

Jan 30 2004
Joanne Spetz, Jordan Rickles and Paul Ong, California Nurse Workforce Initiative Evaluation Team

California's Nursing Labor Force: Demand, Supply and Shortages First Labor Market Report


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