It's a start:

Missouri’s public universities will see a $3 million infusion of cash to expand its nursing programs.

During a visit to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state Board of Nursing has voted to award $1 million in each of the next three years to hire faculty to support more enrollment.

“By investing in nursing education, we are meeting a vital need for more qualified health professionals in Missouri, and we are helping students compete in a rapidly growing industry,” Nixon said.

The money is slated to go into the state’s Caring For Missourians fund, launched last year with a one-time investment of $40 million to address the shortage of nurses, doctors, dentists and other health-care professionals.

Nixon said state lawmakers support spending the money to promote nursing, but although how the money would be divided among the four-year public schools has not been decided.