AACN Applauds Congress for Enacting the Stimulus Bill That Includes Funding Nursing Education
February 18, 2009
Representative Capps’ Floor Statement on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:
M. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this bill which will reinvest in America’s future… And will create jobs. There are still sectors of our economy that are hiring and one of those is healthcare. I am so proud to see that this bill recognizes that by investing $500 million for training new nurses, physicians and dentists. In 2008, over 27,000 qualified applicants were turned away from nursing school because we don’t have enough faculty to train them. The programs that will be funded through this bill will help train more faculty and also entry level nursing students so that we can shore up our health care workforce. If we simply continue at the current pace, we will have a shortage of one million nurses by the year 2020. This bill makes an excellent investment to alleviate that shortage and create jobs. I urge my colleagues to vote yes and I yield back.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 640 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. www.aacn.nche.edu
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