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AACN Applauds Congress for Enacting the Stimulus Bill That Includes Funding Nursing Education

AACN Applauds Congress for Enacting the Stimulus Bill That Includes Funding Nursing Education

Business Wire

February 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) applauds President Obama and our Nursing Champions on Capitol Hill for securing additional funding for nursing education in the newly enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1). Of the $500 million allocated for health professions training in the final stimulus package, $300 million will be awarded to the National Health Service Corps and the remaining $200 million will be divided between the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) and the Health Professions Training Programs (Title VII). In addition, the conference agreement includes $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health with $7.4 billion being distributed to the Institutes (including the National Institute of Nursing Research), the Centers, and the Common Fund.

“In their work to stimulate the U.S. economy, federal legislators recognized the connection between funding health professions education and preparing a workforce large enough to meet the nation’s healthcare needs,” said AACN President Fay Raines. “Nurse educators are grateful for this infusion of funding, which will help nursing schools battle the financial challenges they are currently facing.”

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“The nursing community truly came together as a strong voice to save funding for nursing education,” said Representative Lois Capps, RN (D-CA). “I am proud to have helped my fellow nurses achieve this goal and strengthen the nursing workforce so that all Americans will benefit from the quality health care nurses provide.” Below is Congresswoman Capps’ floor statement in support of the bill.

“The American Recovery Act is about creating jobs,” Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said. “Not only jobs in construction, but jobs in healthcare, jobs in education, and jobs for women. America is facing a nursing shortage that affects every city in every state. If we don’t invest money in educating our healthcare professionals, we won’t be able to increase our healthcare workforce, which is so important for our hospitals and for our patients.”

“The funding for health professions and nursing training included in this legislation ensures that thousands of vacant healthcare positions across the country will be filled,” said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Majority Whip. “More than that, it gives men and women the opportunity to secure meaningful, well-paying jobs where they will work everyday to help prevent illnesses and save lives.”


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    sexymimi49

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Would love to become a RN I live in Fl. and Hosp. only want RN's now have been LPN for 19 yrs in a Hosp. now they don't want what a laugh been doing it all this time got sick now they don't want me have to be a RN now. Wonder if I can get help???

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    mama7

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I hav been waiting for years and have finally been placed on a waiting list to begin nursing school in 11/2 years. I'm nervous that the nursing school will not have the proper funding to keep teaching nurses when I get in. It is definitely hard times.

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    cuttie

    over 5 years ago

    1042 comments

    I hope it will create more jobs. It is the pits now.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    There is definately moe money needed

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    dragonflyet

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Why can't we have nursing programs within a hospital. Nurses would know so much more and it would take a shorter time to become a nurse but more time actually being a nurse. This is what I am thinking. Why can't someone or a group of students who want to be a nurse go to a hospital and be taught by the nurses and doctors there. They can be at the hospital learning all the things they need to know m-f for 6-8 hrs a day or m-th for 8-10/hrs. Wouldn' that be cool.

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    pattieubanks

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    How is this going to help students pay for tuition and books. I this only for welfare recipients or a certain race? Everytime I look for help I get turned down because I am not below poverty level or of a certain race. I'll believe it when it happens!

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    I see we are still stupid enough to applad government for bribing us with our own money.

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    11Bobbyfan

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    It is going to help the schools have more openings for students who want to earn a nursing degree. Right now it is hard for 1st year students to get in very limited space in most programs. I see it as a big plus. The more nurses the better.

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    planonurse

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    People need to take responsibility for themselves. It is not the job of the government to take care of everyone! How will this be paid for? Since I have been responsible in my life- paid my own bills, mortgage etc. I am getting rewarded by haing to pay more for those you have overpurchased, charged too much and signed up for ridiculous mortgages instead of taking care of their health and insurance needs. I can't wait to pay more taxes!! Why do you think the Doctors and patients have left and are leaving Canada for better health care. Socialized medicine is not the answer!

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    dimimak

    almost 6 years ago

    28 comments

    im on a medsurg floor. i do head to toe assessments on each new patient I get. How many patients can a nurse safely handle? I got some answers from my instructors but curious as to what you all think. What should staffing be like and will nurses take on more clinical duties and require more support staff as time goes on?

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    dimimak

    almost 6 years ago

    28 comments

    Im a nursing student. when i do my clinical days at the hospital, i notice that nurses spend very little time actually being with the client. My theory class is mostly in conflict with what goes on. The nurses are mostly happy to see us come onto the floor and most engage the students well. Unfortunately, they seem to be busy with their mobile workstations.....not sure what to make of this

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    dlrooky

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Who is going to pay for all of this? Out of the half billion dollars, how much is actually going to get to all the people with their hands out and how much is going to set up yet another bureaucracy to oversee the doling out of these funds? I would lay you odds that less than a third trickles down to the people who actually want it and a much smaller fraction to those who really need it. I wouldn't get your hopes up, especially if you're looking for it quickly.

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    Emmatol

    almost 6 years ago

    186 comments

    My verdict is THE EARLIER THE BETTER because it is pertinent to our overall health-care delivery.
    LIfes will be saved themore and it improves how the purpose of nursing is met.

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    rnbabes

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    This is for debcol, what state are you from? I'm an RN also I work in CA. I work in pediatric and we have 4-5 patients. Our adult hospitals have 6 patients. ITA, nurse can't give adequate care and surely not quality care for 12-20 pt. I as a nurse wouldn't take an assignment with12-20pt.

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    ttjoyreed

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    struggling home school for nursing will any of the money will help thoses particular students.Theses student are paying directly out of there pocket , taking longer to get the RN license. PLEASE WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET HELP THANK YOU.

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