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Study Shows California Behind in RN Job Ratio

California averages 644 nurses per 100,000 people, compared to the U.S. national average of 859 nurses per 100,000, according to a recent study that graded 23 California regions on their nurse job-to-population ratio. More than half of these regions earned grades of “D” or “F” when compared to the national average. California earned an overall “D” grade, compared to the nation. An “A” would be a ratio of 1,257 or more RN jobs per 100,000, according to the analysis, which is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

The California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) study found that California’s RN job ratio per capita increased by 22 RN jobs between 2004 and 2010, but its national ranking did not change as nurses were added to the workforce across the county.

“This study supports the need to maintain capacity in nursing schools as a high priority since California lags behind most states in RN utilization. The report card is invaluable for regional planning efforts,” said Deloras Jones, executive director of CINHC. For the full report, go to