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Dec. 6--San Luis Obispo County, California and the nation face a severe shortage of nurses.
Hospitals and other caregiving agencies in our county are short more than 200 full-time registered nurses right now, according to Mary Parker, director of nursing and allied health at Cuesta College.
California will have an estimated 25,000 shortage of RNs by the year 2008, according to the experts.
The Tribune's classified ad section this week gave a quick glimpse of the problem when Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton offered a $5,000 bonus to any RN who signs up to work fulltime. The same hospital offered a $500 signing bonus for nursing assistants. …