Los Angeles – To address the severe shortage in critical care nurses in trauma care facilities and emergency rooms in Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Antonovich’s motion that proposed a scholarship program for nurses who commit to serving four years at Los Angeles County’s hospitals or clinics.
The motion also proposed similar scholarships to current nurses who successfully complete advanced coursework in specialty nursing services including critical and emergency care. The Health Services Department will report back to the Board in 30 days with an evaluation of these proposals and current County nurse scholarship programs.
“The nursing shortage faced by our County and the State continues — with no signs of improvement. In fact, the State projects a shortage of almost 50,000 nurses by 2010,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “The lack of critical care ands emergency nurses, in particular, impacts the availability of care and is forcing the closure of private hospitals and trauma services providers.”
In 1991, the “Los Angeles County Michael D. Antonovich Registered Nurse Scholarship Grant Program” was initiated to provide scholarships of up to $2,500 for three years service with the Department of Health Services upon graduation. In addition, Governor Schwarzenegger has released $13 million dollars to support job training and announced the California Nurse Education Initiative to increase educational opportunities for nurses.