Thousands of California nursing students could be delayed from graduating just as the state needs them most to help slow the coronavirus pandemic.
The state’s 14,000 student nurses are required to shadow and train under practicing nurses and doctors in hospitals and health care facilities in order to graduate. And the state requires colleges to have at least 75 percent of these clinical rotations with patients. But the Covid-19 crisis has suspended those activities.
The timing couldn’t be worse.
On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for an increase in the number of fourth-year medical and nursing students in the state’s workforce to help meet the anticipated surge in coronavirus cases expected over the next eight to 12 weeks.
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