Despite the high demand for more nurses, students at some California community colleges are finding it difficult to get accepted into nursing programs.
It’s a problem that leaders of the student senate of the California Community Colleges want to confront to eliminate a controversial lottery system that has prevented some students from becoming nurses.
Of the nearly 80 nursing programs offered in the 115 campus community colleges, some use a lottery system to admit applicants. Some students have complained of yearslong waitlists, preventing them from pursuing their major.
“We’re going to have a lot of nurses quit because of Covid, and we’re not going to be able to replace them fast enough,” said Katelyn Bourne, a former member of the student senate and transfer student at Humboldt State. “Why not make a system across the board to get students into nursing? Make it first come, first served.”