In response to Governor Newsom’s announcement of the Health Corp initiative which seeks to expand the number of healthcare professionals in California in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Senator John Moorlach released the following statement:
“While I am thrilled to get medical professionals back into this fight against a deadly virus through the newly establish Health Corps, we need to be more intentional in our action to accommodate thousands of critical nursing students who may not be able to graduate because of rules restricted by the pandemic.
“As I wrote to Gov. Gavin Newsom last week, we need to prudently and expeditiously get 14,000 nursing students into the front lines of this battle with coronavirus who may not graduate under the current situation. These nurses are eager to do what they have been training years to do – help people and save lives.
“I am asking the Department of Consumer Affairs and Board of Registered Nursing to use the power granted in the Governor’s executive order and adjust the graduation requirements to get these great nurses to work quickly.”
Senator Moorlach had previously called on the Governor to adjust the clinical hour education requirements for California nursing students. Nursing students in their final year of school are currently unable to graduate as a result of course cancellations and a strict regulation only allowing 25% of required clinical hours to be conducted in a simulation environment. Adjusting the requirement to 50% could allow an estimated 14,000 nurses to become licensed and treat patients immediately.
That letter can be found on Senator Moorlach’s website.
This article was released by the Office of Senator John Moorlach.