Increasing numbers of nursing school graduates in California are helping to meet the rising demand for nurses in the state and across the country.
A study from Rand Corporation found that graduates of nursing classes at the RN level grew by more than 60,000 in 2009 when compared to numbers from the same group in 2002, all aged 23 to 26 years old.
Graduates from nursing classes have been on an upward trend with very impressive numbers in the last few years, especially in California. Reports show that more than 11,000 nurses graduated in 2010.
Joanne Spetz at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UC San Francisco attributes the growth in nursing school graduates to campaigns by policymakers, hospitals, and others who have called on young people to take nursing classes.
Earlier in an interview with LA Times, Spetz said that they are seeing a lot of young people entering the field of nursing and that this is a part of the demographic they need to have in the workforce.
With all of the new interest in nursing classes, experts are still worried about nursing shortages in the future. They are estimating that as many as 400,000 registered nurse position will be unfilled by 2020 but California experts believe that the number will be closer to 90,000 by 2030.
Not all students chose the nursing field as their first career; many have chosen to take nursing classes out of financial necessity. The LA Times also reported that 52 year old Suzie Cyger enrolled in a short nursing program after losing her other job where she worked as a legal secretary.
Regardless of the reasons for the rise in enrollments, it is certain that nursing classes will continue to be a popular choice among new students young and old. Economic necessity and a job market that is likely to increase even more with time make it an appealing avenue for those with a desire to help others.