For years, we have heard repeated stories of the impending crisis in California nursing. Our elderly population is increasing, we were warned, while our pool of nurses is shrinking. Soon there won’t be enough caregivers to tend to the state’s health needs. But now we have good news: The nursing crisis appears to be ending before it ever began. According to the University of California, San Francisco’s Center for California Health Workforce Studies, the number of the state’s nursing school graduates has increased by 73percent during the past five years. And if that trend continues, the nursing shortage could be over within 10 years. This is good news in an industry where overtime and exhaustion are rampant. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSo what happened? People took the warnings seriously. California hospitals recruited nurses from elsewhere, and the state boosted support for nursing programs. The alarm bells went off, and the right people took notice. This is one crisis, we can hope, that may well be averted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!