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Department of Consumer Affairs Acts on Sen. Moorlach's Request, Waives Rules to Allow Nursing Students to Graduate

by: Jann Taber
Posted: April 6, 2020


SACRAMENTO...Senator John M. W. Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) today issued the following statement applauding the California Department of Consumer Affairs' (DCA) decision to waive rules that were prohibiting nursing students from graduating because they couldn't get the requisite supervised instruction in hospitals and clinical settings amid stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

"I am overjoyed to learn that the Department of Consumer Affairs answered the call of thousands of nursing students across the state last night and temporarily waived the strict regulations that were prohibiting nursing students from graduating. 

"More nurses are a critical asset in the fight to stop COVID-19. I was proud to lead this effort in the Legislature and look forward to continuing to work with nurses and nursing schools on permanent licensing reform that puts access to care before needless bureaucracy."

Moorlach was the first member of the Legislature to call on the governor and DCA to waive the direct-patient-care clinical hour requirements. He was joined in this effort by nursing schools and student organizations across California. Nearly 20 legislators followed Moorlach's lead and joined his call for action.

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