SAN DIEGO – Even with the demand for nurses continuing to grow, students wanting to pursue a career in the field are being turned away at California State Universities.
“There’s a limit to how many students we can take in the system given we don’t have money to hire new faculty,” said Philip Greiner, SDSU School of Nursing Director.
A big stumbling block to getting more teachers is the lure of making more money as a nurse.
“A new graduate can earn anywhere from $65,000 to $85,000 a year. Which is generally more than what we pay a faculty member,” Greiner said.
Limited faculty means fewer spots in the program and even more competition for students.
The desire to be a nurse comes natural for San Diego State student Jasmine Henderson.
“Helping people and helping them get back on their feet when they’re at their lowest,” said Henderson.
She’s getting ready to graduate and hopes to land a job soon as the state deals with a nursing shortage.
“The chances are really slim. At orientation they said they only accept 80 out of 900. It’s definitely a lot of pressure – studying and trying to keep up with everyone else,” said Monica Dorsey, a pre-nursing student.