California State University officials are concerned that there's not only a lack of nurses across the state, there's also a lack of training.
The Bureau of Health Professions ranks the state 46th for nurses per capita, which amounts to only 743 registered nurses per 100,000 people.
CSU administrators tell the "Daily News" what compounds the nurse shortage problem is there's not enough faculty to train nursing students. So, they have to turn away so many qualified applicants.
For example, Cal State San Bernardino received 600 nursing applications, but there were only 44 openings. Cal State Long Beach had 450 applications but only 82 spots. And, Cal State Northridge could only accept 60 out of 300 applicants.