Campus: CSU San Marcos -- January 26, 2004

Cal State San Marcos Nursing Program Bolstered by $350,000 Federal Appropriation

Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-San Diego), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has secured $350,000 for the California State University San Marcos nursing program as part of the FY 2004 Omnibus Appropriation bill. The bill was passed by the U.S. Senate yesterday, Jan. 22, 2004, and is expected to be signed by the president early next week.

Cal State San Marcos requested funding to support faculty, consulting expertise and related start-up expenses to develop a nursing bachelor’s degree program, which will help meet the critical need for health care professionals locally and nationally. The program is expected to be operational by fall 2006, and the first graduates are expected to enter the nursing profession by 2008.

“I am proud to support the community coalition established at Cal State San Marcos to address San Diego County's nursing shortage by providing this $350,000 in federal funding through the FY2004 Omnibus Appropriations Act,” said Cunningham. “As in hospitals all across the country, patients are facing longer waits, postponed surgeries, and fewer available staffed beds as a result of the national nursing shortage. This program will train a new generation of nurses to serve our region. I also hope that the community linkages established by Cal State San Marcos in creating this nursing program will establish a model for other communities across the country to begin to address the national nursing shortage.”

As of 2001, there were approximately 700 nursing vacancies in the San Diego region. According to the 2002 San Diego County Occupational Outlook, San Diego County will experience an 18 percent increase in the need for nurses by 2006.

In December 2003, Cal State San Marcos announced plans to launch the nursing degree program. The timeline for planning and implementation was jumpstarted by a $150,000 donation from Palomar
Pomerado Health. Other health care service partners in the region, including Tri-City Medical Center, have committed to supporting the program’s development.

Contact: Paige Jennings, 760/750-4048;

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