Closing the I.E. Gap in Registaered Nurses

Closing the I.E. Gap in Registaered Nurses

San Bernardino

Last fall a 2017 Survey of Nurse Employers found that many Chief Nursing Officers are having trouble recruiting registered nurses for specialized positions and more than 85 percent of hospitals reported their demand for registered nurses (RN) was greater than the available supply. Although the inland region has a shortage of nurses it is expected to experience substantial increases in the supply of RNs through 2035, largely due to the growth in RN education programs in the area.  A new grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is designed to expand the capabilities of existing nurses, improved capabilities can lead to increased efficiency—an excellent step in the right direction.  The Loma Linda School of Nursing was awarded a $2.6 million grant to further educate inland area nurses about managing the opioid crisis. The funding comes from the DHHS Department of Advanced Education Nursing Program designed to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses in the Inland Empire. The first installment of the four-year grant program totals nearly $685, 000. There are 43 short-term general, children’s, and specialty hospitals in the Inland Empire as well as seven associate degree (AD), three bachelor’s degree (BSN), and one entry-level master’s (ELM) RN education programs. There also are four RN education programs based outside the region that have satellite campuses in the region. They include Azusa Pacific University, West Coast University, California State University San Marcos, and San Joaquin Valley College.   In February 2018, there were 41,197 RNs with current, active licenses living in the Inland Empire region. The region’s shortage of RN’s is primarily due to large numbers of RNs who live locally but work in other regions.

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