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What Does the Stimulus Package Mean for Nurses?

What Does the Stimulus Package Mean for Nurses?

Where is all the money going? Where will new jobs be created for nurses?

February 04, 2009

The Stimulus Package and Healthcare

The stimulus package is supposed to create or save more than 3 million jobs. There are many areas to focus your job search on in light of the bill.

Obama’s stimulus plan is targeting two areas that are stable, and are considered vital, in the down economy – healthcare and education. In the past year, the healthcare field added 370,000 jobs while education added 160,000 jobs. There is little foreign competition for these jobs, so logistically the country’s economic bailout should foster and encourage these sectors.

A Closer Look at Healthcare Spending

More than $160 billion in new spending is funding healthcare programs. This includes:

• Medicaid to aid states’ spending: $87 billion

• COBRA: $26-$40 billion

• Computerizing the country’s medical records: $20 billion

• Preventative care: $4.1 billion (According to CNN, “Senate Democrats dropped two controversial spending programs in the Senate economic stimulus bill: $75 million for anti-smoking programs and $400 million for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.”)

• Military Hospitals: $4 billion

• Government health building renovations for the Public Health Service, the Center for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health: $1 billion*

Because people get to keep their healthcare insurance despite layoffs, medical services should still be utilized and won’t be as effected by the recession. Also, because of Obama’s initiative to make all health records digital, there will be a high demand for data entry, clerks and secretaries with sharp computer skills.

Healthcare and education are expected to grow by 215,000 jobs as a result of the stimulus package. This does not include the normal job growth for the industry.

*GOP leaders are debating if these provisions are necessary and are attempting to strip them from the bill sitting in the Senate as of 02/02/09

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    royallibaster

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    For anyone to think the democratically controlled congress had nothing to do with George W. Bush years, you are blind. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should have their pictures on the bulletin board in the FBI most wanted in the Post Office.

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    dee7dee7

    almost 6 years ago

    14 comments

    You can bet our rights are being nipped away. It will be slow,--- most won't notice until it is too late!
    We have cabinet members who can't pay their taxes even with an accountant........and>>>>He's in charge of the .....money----that would be much more humorous if it wasn't our money!!!!
    The Freedom of Information Act is next --that focuses on radio only-- which the Christian Conservatives dominate. This would require the station to pay for another viewpoint, ie. If a preacher was speaking about the BIble quoting verses on homosexuality instead of speaking for 30 min it would be 15 to the preacher and 15 to a different view!!!! Now mind you many of these stations are viewer supported. I would never give money so someone could talk about ideas that are against my morals--that is why I can turn the dial/skip the station.-----Anyway the bill that WOULD protect the 1st Amendment rights of all is the Broadcast Freedom Act.---remember that -it will come!!!! The Freedom of Information Act (NO-) sounds good BUT if it sounds too good to be true_____it is!!!
    I am very concerned about the move to all electronic medical records. How many times in just the past year have there been security breaches in credit cards, insurance co's etc. I was a foster parent and DCF lost an entire CD of personal info

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    cterri1963

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I believe this going to help those who do not want to work and make those of us who do pay for it.

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    carieanne

    almost 6 years ago

    8 comments

    Jansbis, I am with you 100% The people voted for more government control. With each item you give goverrnment control over you give up one right. The stimulus package is nothing but paying back Obama's 'supporters'. Many items have such restrictions on them that they are taking away our right to free speech. Read the package carefully friends. If it does not anger you then you are not reading it close enough. Obama is just parrating what his supporters are whispering in his ear and it is our children and grandchildren who are going to be stuck fixing this mess and paying the high price for it. Clinton sent our jobs overseas with NAFDA and then relaxed banking regulations. In esence we did not have the jobs so we live on credit. These are the decisions that got us in this mess to begin with it took all this time to snowball. Obama does not have a clue.

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    ivyzweb

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I've been an LPN for years & finally got it together & got my RN & now I can't find a job anywhere. Before, I decided to advance my career, I actually had a career that paid real money. Now all I have is some nice new letters after my name. I hope Obama has some plan to lift the hiring freeze across northeast Ohio???

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    DorothyL

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I want to see some action - tired of the talk. The agenda is up on this site:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president_obama/

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    Yankeegirl

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been a LPN for over 6yrs, I have struggled to put myself through school. Now I am faced with unemployment, the RN's are in demand. what do I do now, rack up some more student loans to go back to school? I think they should help with career advancement for the ones that have put in their time..

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    disablednurse123

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a nurse who works at a local hospital in my town. I was recently on a lite duty job because I hurt my back. I am awaiting surgery. While on the lite duty job I hurt my upper back lifting charts and using a vibrating office machine. My employer is denying my workers comp claim and ended my lite duty job. I wonder if Obama stimulus package will help health care workers with workers comp claims or help grant us rights on the job. This hospital is not interested in me getting well they forced me to take short term disability which is 12 weeks of no money and got there lawyers and drs to say i wasnt hurt on the job. What about workers rights when they are thrown over because they dont want there workers comp to go up. They dont help inured employees. I hope the stimulus package will address disabled nurses and if there employer doesnt help them or keep there jobs for them while they get well.

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    nursestudent1

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    JustanurseinCO

    I say ditto

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    nursestudent1

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I think the the stimulus package addresses several pressing issues. Being a 20 year financial major I also believe I am able to jugdge, and being that I have opened my eyes as requested I can clearly see the benefits of this plan. If the white house, is looking to address all these issues now the judgement of this must have came from somewhere, prehaps these funds was there all along, and she have been address piece by piece and was not so now things are being address now. When I look through the bill what I notice is that this package addresses needs of the low income and middle class income. It is about time!.

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    JustanurseinCO

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Our Great grandkids are going to be paying the trillions of dollars of debt, that mr bush ran up during his tenure. Somthing has to be done about this huge mess, I for one say, give our president a chance. Anything has to be better than the last 8 years have been.

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    jansbis

    almost 6 years ago

    18 comments

    Does anyone know what the word stimulus actually means? We need something now and that's not what is happening. Don't you know that with this kind of spending we are in the hopper for decades? Our great great grandkids will still be trying to pay all this off. Our taxes will soar to a place you have never seen before. And tell me when did the citizens of the USA start to give, yes give money to private enterprize? Are you all for socialism? I pray this so called stimulas package fails and then those fools we voted in do their jobs and start over with reasonable expectations. By the way, I heard Obama speak a few days ago and he said he was going to get rid of the pork in the bill but the next day he spoke again and said he really didn't see any pork in the bill at all. So, which Obama should we believe? Just take a good look at the bill yourself and you will and your eyes will open. JB in NJ

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