NURSING WORKFORCE REAUTHORIZATION ACT RECEIVES SUPPORT THROUGH 2022
Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (HR 959) would reauthorize the nursing workforce development programs through fiscal year 2022.
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives pass the act to provide support for nursing workforce development programs since its last reauthorization was in 2010.
"Speaking on behalf of the nation's 52,000 certified registered nurse anesthetists, the action taken today by the House of Representatives to ensure the continuation of nursing workforce development programs and patient access to the essential care of nurses across all specialties is of paramount importance," Bruce Weiner, DNP, MSNA, CRNA, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, says in a news release.
The legislation will:
- Amend Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize nursing workforce development programs, which support the recruitment, retention, and advanced education of skilled nursing professionals.
- Extend advanced education nursing grants to support clinical nurse specialists and clinical nurse leaders.
- Define nurse-managed health clinics.
- Add clinical nurse specialists to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education.
- Reauthorize loan repayments, scholarships, and grants for education, practice, quality, and retention.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is also satisfied with the bill.
"The House of Representatives took a major step to improve the nation's health by reauthorizing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2017 and by affirmatively including clinical nurse specialists – expert clinicians with advanced education and training in a specialized area of nursing practice – in the bill," says NACNS board president Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, in a statement.
Weiner says, programs under Title VIII can help engage nurses to rural and underserved areas.
"Title VIII provides funding to a number of very important nursing workforce development programs including Advanced Nursing Education, which contains the Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship funding as well as the National Nurse Service Corps. These programs incentivize nurses to practice in underserved areas," Weiner says. "In many rural and underserved counties across America, CRNAs are the only anesthesia providers. Maintaining the availability of these services and ensuring a continuing flow of new CRNAs and nurses to our most vulnerable and underserved communities is critically important."
Erudite Nursing Institute™ is glad with the House passage of the Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. The act serves as directive to provide a strong backbone of implementations and acquired funding for nursing workforce development programs nationwide.
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