Funding secured in the state budget will be used to expand programs & train more healthcare professionals
BAKERSFIELD, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) President Lynnette Zelezny to award $6 million in direct investment to expand and implement workforce training programs related to nursing and healthcare.
“I am happy to champion more funding coming to CSUB to expand critically important healthcare programs in the Valley,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Our local college’s are on the frontlines of healthcare in our community. With this additional $6 million, we will help train more nurses and health professionals and improve health access and options for thousands of families throughout the Central Valley.”
According to a 2018 study by the Health force Center at UCSF, the demand for registered nurses (RNs) is expected to increase in the San Joaquin Valley by more than 35 percent by 2030, however, the region’s total number of RN’s will decline.
“This funding is a lifeline for our community,” said CSUB President Dr. Lynnette Zelezny. “CSUB is on the front lines of primary health care in our region, with our nationally renowned nursing program and our new bachelor of science degree in public health. Our families, friends and neighbors need greater access to care, and CSUB will use this support to give them that access. I would like to thank Assemblymember Salas for his leadership on securing this support as well as Gov. Newsom and the Legislature for remembering families in the Central Valley.”
The educational institutions in Bakersfield – namely, CSUB and Bakersfield College – have successful programs and dedicated educators perfectly positioned to address the health care workforce shortage that the Central Valley is currently experiencing. Notably, CSUB’s Nursing Department ranked third in the 2020 Best Online Registered Nursing to Bachelor Science in Nursing Programs in California by RegisteredNursing.org.
With the additional $6 million secured by Assemblymember Salas, CSUB will be able to:
- Improve high-impact labs, where nursing students get their first experience as caregivers.
- Elevate the current family nurse practitioner program to a doctor of nursing practice program.
- Attract expert faculty and staff to support the expansion of the CSUB nursing program and supervise clinical placements in the region.
- Improve technology and resources to support cutting-edge research in the healthcare field.