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Nursing Education RECOMMENDATIONS OF SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AUGMENT TITLE VIII PROGRAMS BY 7.44 PERCENT

RECOMMENDATIONS OF SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
AUGMENT TITLE VIII PROGRAMS BY 7.44 PERCENT

National League for Nursing Lauds Increase in Funding for
Vital Nursing Workforce Development Programs in 2009 Budget

House Appropriations Committee Adjourns Without Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY – June 26, 2008 – The Title VIII — Nursing Workforce Development Programs received a boost yesterday (June 26) when the Appropriations Committee of the Senate recommended increasing Title VIII funding from FY ‘08 by $11.6 million to $167 million. This amount represents a 52.61 percent increase over the president’s proposed budget for FY 2009.

Reacting to the news, NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone said, “Federal funding is imperative to address the critical issue of expanding nursing education capacity to enroll and educate the numbers of students needed to meet future nursing demands. The Senate Committee on Appropriations has alleviated our grave concerns about the impact President Bush’s proposed budget cuts for nurse workforce development would have on our nation’s health. We urge the House committee to follow suit.”

“In 1973, federal investment in Title VIII programs was $160.61 million. Inflated and adjusted to today’s dollars, this appropriation would be $763.52 million. This is almost five times the current appropriation,” explained NLN president Dr. Elaine Tagliareni. “As the voice for nurse faculty, the NLN is pleased that the Senate Appropriations Committee continues to recognize the indisputable connection between the persistent shortage of nurses and the severe shortage of nurse faculty.”

Title VIII — Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Amounts in Thousands)

Nursting Workforce
Development Programs
FY 2006 Final FY 2007 Final FY 2008 Final FY 2009
President’s Budget
Senate Approps
Committee (6/26/08)
Total $149,679 $149,679 $156,046 $105,263 $167,646

For interview opportunities with Dr. Malone, please contact NLN chief communications officer, Karen R. Klestzick, at 212-812-0376 or kklestzick@nln.org.

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