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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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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Just where are we supposed to go for jobs, and our patients going to go for timely health care once we adopt the Canadian Health care system?
    Has anyone asked just where all this money is going to come from?
    TANSTAAFL!

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    rsmentkowski

    almost 6 years ago

    8 comments

    ANA supported Obama. Maybe we need to ask them where the money is and how to access it!!!

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    TraciBlevins

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Will this increase the number of New Graduate Positions in Hospitals?

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    missharley2008

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Yes I am an LPN and would love to be in RN Where do we get this education money. I am a nurse out of work in my state. They hardly ask for LPNs anymore and it is over 150 miles to the maybe possible nearest job. My local hospital Cookeville Regional Medical Center will only hire RN or LPN with half RN completed. So much for the nursing shortage. Help I need an education to work. It is aweful a nurse collecting unemployment.

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    dakotanurse

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Some people will be helped in spite of themselves. The wanton waste occurred in Iraq. I can't see how you can say building roads and schools and educating nurses is a waste. No tax cut ever built a road or a school. You are one who will be helped in spite of yourself, kicking and screaming all the way to recovery. Ronald Reagan was the most recent president to try this and he is credited for setting up the economic success of the decade following. Signed, Dakotanurse

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    fontaine05

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I wondering, where is the money to educate health professionals? I have a bachelor's degree and desperately want to return to school to receive a BSN. Because I am single and have a bachelor's degree, I was informed by the the department of financial aid that I am not eligible to receive any grants. How can I possibly continue my education when I have current student loans and cannot afford to quit my full-time job without any government asistance. How will this help?

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    Alaskanurse

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    OK fellow nurses, lets take an honest look at just what this so-called "stimulus bill" is or more correctly what it isn't. This bill is the largest pork laden, special interest spending bill and the single most expensive burden ever placed on the average working man or women in the history of this great country. This bill is wanton waste of the tax payer dollars and will take this country from a recession to a full blown depression. The billions that have already been handed out to the banking industry have done nothing to secure old mortgages or help with the first time home buyer up to this point. What this bill is not is a true stimulus package that would create jobs and boost the economy with the exception of the relatively few dollars going toward much needed infrastructure. As I near retirement age life has shown me many valuable lessons; one of the most obvious is that you cannot spend your way out of debt. No matter how renowned your current institution of higher learning is, life's lessons are most invaluable. I am not a pessimist and wouldn't it be wonderful if the 500 million dollars were to be deposited directly into the bank accounts of today's nursing students. Don't count on it.

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    debcol

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    As long as hospitals and LTC facilities are allowed to continue downgrading the nursing profession by creating little positions to do the jobs that are licensed for nurses to do, the nursing profession is not now nor will it ever be properly served. Take the glorified "Med Tech" a mere CNA who is trained to give PO meds, PCT's who can now perform a multitude of functions ranging from drawing blood, to placing foley catheters, running EKG's as well as a multitude of other functions as designated by the facility policy and procedure. Diverting these tasks only allows hospitals to bombard the RN with more patients, thus driving the quality of patient care into the ground. No RN can take 12 to 20 patients and provide quality care for all of them in a 12-hour period without one killing herself or being responsible for killing some of her patients. RN's manage patient care and the RN needs to be able to take the time to assess everything the patient has presented with. The MD see's the patient for a few minutes a day (If that) and uses the RN's assessment as his own (this is fact). MD's make decisions on the RN's assessment, therefore the RN requires the time to do a proper assessment, evaluate the labs and diagnostic results, other nurse assessments and consultation notes, as well as the current status of the patient, pain management, vital signs, I & O, bowel patterns, medication regime, nutritional status and any unusual circumstances or setbacks the patient is experiencing. In addition to taking the time to make this thorough evaluation and a list of priorities to ask the physician about, the RN also has hands on cares to perform. Medications, wound care, tube feeding management, colostomy care, IV or central line management, emotional, psychological and physiological management. Another area the RN has to balance is families and physicians of many disciplines, questions, and teaching. If facilities feel that it only takes a RN 12 hours to perform 12-20 of these patients and can perform these duties with the utmost accuracy, they are mistaken. By taking away some duties only to add more patients will always be unsafe. Hospitals cheat by creating their own flawed acuity systems that are either skewed or unused by the facility and so the seriousness of the patient is never considered when bombarding the RN with a heavy patient load. They put the RN's license at risk and it is not the facilities place to trash a nurses license or blackball her when she refuses to allow her license to be exploited. Nurse leave the profession for this reason and until the working conditions change, nurses will continue to retreat from the bedside. So the government can waste all the money to solve a problem which was never really a problem. There is no nursing shortage, what there is a shortage of are nurses who are tired of being abused and exploited by hospital administrations and facilities. These nurses have walked away because they became nurses to perform safe patient care and the hospitals have taken that away from the nurse and force them to work in unsafe conditions. Nurses refuse to be responsible for taking life or quality of life , so they left the bedside. When the government mandates that hospitals use safe patient ratios safeguarding both the patient and the nurse; nurses will come back out of the woodwork and resume their positions at the bedside. Check out California which is a great of example. NNOC/CNA supported these nurses and can support all fifity states in achieving the same as California nurses have.

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    Sayjus

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I am studying to be an LPN and maybe go on for my RN if I can afford it while working. How will this help me?
    JMS

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    rsmentkowski

    almost 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I'd love to go back to school again. I went from LPN to RN 9 years ago.There is no money for women going back to school and supporting kids already in college, If there was the nursing work force wouldn't be in the shape it's in. (older and getting ready to retire). We do need nursing instructors and "new" nurses don't qualify no matter how many degrees they have. We need front line experienced mentors. How many do you know?

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    DJP

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a RN wanting to go back to school to get my masters so I can be a Nurse Practioner. I seem to "fall through the cracks" for assistance. My husband and I make a good living, but not enough to send me on to undergraduate school, let alone graduate school. How will this help people like me?

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    MSdegreekate

    almost 6 years ago

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    RE this stimulus $$ for nursing education:
    I want to attend graduate school (part-time) at night a Masters Degree program, while I work full-time. How would I apply for money for grad school tuition & books, etc? I can't afford to quit working & go to grad school full-time.

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    VIXEN007

    almost 6 years ago

    38 comments

    I need funding for a Master's program. I wonder if this will help? I would be willing to work for the Health Service for loan forgiveness...

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    Randysmith

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I'M WITH LESLIE, WHERE DO WE FIND ONLINE HELP WITH FUNDING! i FIND A LOT OF B. S. SITES CLAIMING TO BE GRANT AND LOAN PROVIDERS THAT JUST WASTE HOURS OF MY TIME.

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    justme

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    good question! let's further hope that this level is where at least 90% of the funds will go to---not to bonuses for upper level execs or office renovation or international seminars. find quality students & help them learn their way thru the maze of solid nursing education to fill a needed spot at the bedside and fireside of patients. build strong future nurse leaders for both education and practice, but stay focused on the professional fundamentals including service to others. we need ideas with action and beneficial outcomes, not seeking 'doctor status' for status sake. we have seen enough governmental and business waste and fraud and irresponsibility to last several lifetimes, and it doesn't even look to be slowing down!

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