State lawmakers today are continuing to look for answers to problems they say caused a nursing shortage in California.
Hoping to avoid another backlog with a state computer system called BREEZE, Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto and colleagues are holding special hearings.
She says earlier this year 4,000 nursing graduates were unable to get the certification they needed from the Department of Consumer Affairs to qualify for employment, which led to a nursing shortage.
"Hospitals were reporting that they were having tremendous trouble meeting the state mandated nurse to patient quota and the backlog within DCA was exacerbating that problem within some of the facilities," Olsen said.
Olsen says she's received assurances the backlog has been cleared, but with another 7,000 nursing graduates on the way it's critical to make sure the BREEZE system has been fixed.
More hearings are possible.