-- Hospital cost-cutting overloaded nurses with man-datory overtime and unmanageable patient loads.
-- Hospitals have been stingy when it comes to buying new equipment that would make nurses' jobs easier.
-- The number of nursing-school grads has plummeted 23% since 1995.SOLUTION
-- California will impose nurse-patient ratios of 1 to 6 starting next year. Five other states might follow suit.
-- Hospitals have started implementing new technologies that automate administrative and scheduling tasks.
-- New legislation could provide more funds for scholarships, but health-care companies will need to pitch in.
Data: American Nurses Assn., Bain & Co., National League for Nursing