What Jobs Will Healthcare Stimulus Funding Create?
Josh Rossheim / Monster Senior Contributing Writer
Dollars for Training Nurses and Other Practitioners
The Recovery Act will help aspiring healthcare workers start or complete their training.
Stimulus funding includes $200 million for nursing workforce development programs and health professions training programs. This funding may supply scholarships for nursing-school applicants or supplement financial support for current nursing students. “These dollars will enable many nursing students to finish their education on time,” rather than suspend their studies due to financial difficulties, says Suzanne Begeny, director of government affairs for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The stimulus package also addresses the critical shortage of nursing faculty with a loan repayment program to encourage advanced-degree nursing students to consider teaching. Right now “nursing schools can’t take in more students because of the faculty shortage,” Begeny says.
The stimulus also includes $500 million in primary-care workforce funding for programs such as the National Health Service Corps, which gives doctors, dentists and other practitioners a financial incentive to work in underserved rural and inner-city areas.