Governor Schwarzenegger is releasing 13 million dollars in federal and state funds to recruit and train thousands more nurses.
The funds will go to 18 nursing programs to ease a statewide nursing shortage. The plan is to expand education and boost interest in nursing careers.
It will also train more nurses for rural areas, which have the most severe shortages.
The money is being released as the governor is locked in a battle with a nurse´s union on how many nurses should staff California´s 400 hospitals.
A judge´s ruling this week forced hospitals to raise the number of nurses on duty in medical and surgical wings to one nurse per five patients. Hospitals say it´s difficult to find enough nurses to meet the quota.