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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

All three provisions for health professions training will provide an opportunity for nursing students and schools to receive funding. The Nursing Workforce Development Programs support the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation’s health care needs. Over the last 45 years, Title VIII programs have addressed each aspect of nursing shortages – education, practice, retention, and recruitment. By investing in these programs, Congress has shown its strong commitment to reversing the national nursing shortage and filling vacant nursing positions.

The provisions authorized under Title VII are the only federally funded programs that support the education and training of individuals across the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Schools of nursing and nursing students benefit from many Title VII programs, such as the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students and the Faculty Loan Repayment Program.

Finally, the National Health Service Corps provides scholarships and loans to nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, primary care physicians, dentists, mental and behavioral health professionals, physician assistants, and dental hygienists.

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In November 2008, AACN’s Board of Directors approved the organization’s request to expand AACN’s efforts to secure funding for nursing education in the stimulus package. In this difficult economic time for schools of nursing, the Board recognized this unique opportunity to act now and alleviate current funding concerns for nursing education and increase appropriations for the Nursing Workforce Development programs in fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Reacting to AACN’s call to action, nursing deans, faculty, and students rallied behind the stimulus legislation and sent more than a 1,000 messages through AACN’s online advocacy tool to Congress explaining the importance of supporting nursing education and funding for the Title VIII programs.

“Securing this funding is a tremendous feat for nursing education and a testament to the power of collaboration among nursing organizations,” added Dr. Raines. “AACN is grateful that our membership acted quickly, along with the thousands of nurses across the country, to encourage Members of Congress to include funding for nursing and health professions training in the final bill. Nursing united and prevailed.”

For more details on AACN’s advocacy effort on behalf of nursing education and research, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Government/index.htm.


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    girlgunfighter

    almost 5 years ago

    10 comments

    I have worked as an LPN for 19 years and because of working for 19 years, I have never quite been able to qualify for any assistance other than student loans. I paid for my LPN school loan through payroll deduction at the hospital I worked at. I remember the day the last payment was due. To face another loan of tens of thousands of dolloar just to finish an associates degree is not feesible to me or my husband.. Why not allow those of us who have been working nurses for many years the opportunity to test out for ASN classes and see where we need to study. This way we wouldn't be starting all over again and having to pay for classes we don't need. I appreciate the idea of a well rounded education but I think real life experience should count for something.

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    mimere45

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    God Bless America! I'm so excited that the Nursing profession and Teacher were singled out!

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    gentlecreation

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Wonderful president Obama. I'm glad someone has finally heard the voice of the nurse.

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    kris5747

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    You're not being told the truth about the money. It's to train you (indoctrinate you) toward UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE: From the overview of the ARRA "Stimulus" Package:
    Training Primary Care Providers:
    $600 million to address shortages and prepare our country for universal healthcare by training primary healthcare providers including doctors, dentists, and nurses as well as helping pay medical school expenses for students who agree to practice in underserved communities through the National Health Service Corps.

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    vickielee1970

    about 5 years ago

    806 comments

    I am skeptical of how much this "so called Stimulus Bill" will help at anything. It is a very bloated pork ladened piece of legislation. If it will actually help nurses and students further their nursing education that would be wonderful. I have my LPN and have completed my prerequisites for RN school, I start in an ASN program in August at the local 2 year college. It would be great to have additional funding, since I will be forced to cut my work hours while going to school full-time. I am not expecting to see any though, my husband and I expect to cut our expenses and tough it out.

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    cathydhr

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am a LPN in ohio. I work very hard in a skilled and long term facility, working in the skilled unit as the primary nuse and also float to the long term care hall. I dont get any goverment help in paying off my scool loans. I pay every month out of pocket. I love the people I care for and this is what has kept me working in my present job. But when people say that you have to be an RN to get assistance, I dont understand this. Am I a nurse? I am wonder how I am going to make it sometimes with all the bills, I am single thus pay everything. The stress levels are high in nursing and one less stress would help. I once was told by an RN that I could take a dinner tray to the kitchen. Yes, I help the stna"s on my hall and monitor them, isnt that what a supevisor does. anyway, Is an LPN a nuse? should an LPN get assistance?

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    marybutleruw63

    about 5 years ago

    8 comments

    A Professional Nurse qualifies one to work in the arena of healthcare in areas other than a hospital. My history of nursing was in the Public Health and School Health Nursing and it appears to me, that funding for qualified nurses in these two areas reach into the community and provide education and teaching current quality health education to the general population. Take a future look at the nursing professional, it needs continuing education for entry into this level of health services and to qualify for serving a much needed level to the public's need of health care. One example is to have money for school nurses in the budget. The Public and Private School Administrators need to have Certified School Nurses to serve children and educate parents and staff about health of children 24/7. When funds become deficient school nurses are not hired and are frequently cut from the budget. However, School Nurses have certification equal to a teacher,school psychologist,speech therapist,and PTOT therapist. The parent's need services and health education as well as the teachers and power position of school boards and administrative staff. The stimulus package possibly will restore sources equity for School Nurses in Public School Sysytems across America.

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    RTeaster

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Some nurses I work with were very excited about money that is available to help pay off student loans. I am talking about RN;s that have been working for years. One woman re did her kitchen last summer. One woman had plastic surgery for thousands of dollars, and the other woman, well lets just say she is 27, owns her own home, has a closet full of clothing, and enjoys spending money. The one Rn said to the other " where is this money from"? and the Rn said "the government" No IT'S NOT, it is from us the tax payers. I am ill over this. I struggled for years to pay my student loan off. I gave up things, as did my children. I am angered over this. When will people take responcibility for themselves? When will the govenment, or really taxes payers be off the hook for people that will not do the Right thing? Pay your own loans!

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Before the applause gets too deafening, let's ask just what this government larrgess, with our money, is going to cost us. If it means British/Canadian style "universal health care", the cheering section should perhaps have second thoughts.
    TANSTAAFL
    I, for one, still prefer that medical decisions about my care be made by medical professionals, not lawyers and accountants.
    Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

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    h3ll0kittie

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    this seems a bit sketchy to me...i am in school now and after filling out dozens of ridiculous forms, have never been 'applicable' for financial aid or scholarships because i cannot display a large enough financial need. i doubt that this is going to change because of this money. also, i think it is ridiculous the amount of qualified students that get denied from nursing schools every semester because of a lack of funding and more importantly a lack of nursing professors. my nursing professors are the most amazing professors i have ever had, and they deserve more compensation!!!

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    judyblue1

    about 5 years ago

    14 comments

    ibsteof talking to the gov. lets talk to each other!teachers have a powerful union,a national retirement system,,3 mos off. they need us , if we are smart we wont need the gov.lets make our own rules.r.n.1974

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    1froggy

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Hey all. Go to www.whitehouse.gov/contact Ask them! Send your concerns and comments to them.Right now they are not listening, Maybe if enough of us keep trying they will listen. I wonder if a nurse actually working the trenches has ever been asked anything or serves on one of their committies,NOT! It seems to me that our gov is out of touch. Dont let them distract us from the real issues. They are throwing crumbs to distract. This spending on nurse ed will not help the majority continuing their education becuase we are not eligable and they are not telling you the cuts in health care being made to pay for their"stimulus Package"across the country. Cuts that hurt the patients and staff.

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    racingchic9

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    first how are we going to be funding this?? Will this help create more jobs in the hospitals? Some of the local hospitals in my area are laying off nurses because they cant afford them, so what's going to happen when some new lpn or RN gets out of school and cant find a job. My other though is yes it'll help get more nurses but will the quality of care for the patients decrease??
    Its good in theory but wil it actually work??

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    Naveymom

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have news for all of you that think this is a waste of money--if it weren't for financial aide, I would not be able to get my nursing degree. Some , for me, has been federally funded and some has been borrowed and I will be paying for it for many years. This is the first money I have every been given for my education and I have been going to school getting prereeqs for many years around children, husbands getting educated before me, and divorce. I'm sorry about the raise in taxes---guess what--I have been paying in for many years myself---so I think I'm worth it!! I have never been given a hand out before, and after school, I never will again, so if you think this is a bad investment on the governments part, it's too bad you feel that way 'cause I could be the nurse taking care of YOU some day and I'll do a dam good job!! By the way--- I have managed to stay employed in a medical assistant job the whole time I've been in school.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Moved here last Oct. Plenty of jobs then, now laid off in Jan. Not so many jobs, hiring freezes at some hospitals. Employers are now interviewing many and doing 2nd and 3rd interviews. Bizarre market. Local Comm college starting online A.S. program!! Money for that but upper level not so much. If Government gives us money for school, it is us who will pay it back amny times over. I suspect money will be for lower paid type jobs to show "Significant progress" I maxed out pay rate few yrs ago and now it seems to be going down, so many applicants why pay decent rate?? Lack of instructors is apparently bigger problems then lack of money! And lack of instructors is lack of pay for all the yrs of education and training needed! How is stimulus going to fix that??

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