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Senate Committee on Appropriations Approves
$16 Million Plus Increase for Nursing Workforce Development Programs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 22, 2007 — New York, NY — The Title VIII — Nursing Workforce Development Programs received a boost yesterday evening (June 21) when the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended $169,679,000 for Title VIII — a 13.4 percent increase over FY 2007 — and $4 million more than the corresponding House bill.

Funding for Advanced Education Nursing, which had been slated to be eliminated in the president's proposed budget for FY 2008, was not only restored but increased to almost $69 million by the committee. The Nursing Faculty Loan Program received an additional $3,227,000 bringing that line item to $8 million. The Loan Repayment and Scholarships program was decreased. A chart with the current numbers is appended below.

Said NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone, "It is gratifying to see that attention is being paid to the critical need to reverse the acute shortage of nurses and concomitant shortage of nurse educators so that the nation's health care needs may be appropriately addressed."

Added NLN president, Dr. Toni Bargagliotti, "We, in the nursing community, are looking forward to the next steps; the House Appropriations Committee is expected to meet in early July."

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

Nursing Workforce Development Programs FY 2005 Final FY 2006 Final FY 2007 Final FY 2008 President's Budget House Subcommittee (6/7/07) Senate Committee (6/21/07)
Total $150,661 $149,679 $149,679 $105,263 $165,624 $169,679
Advanced Education Nursing 58,160 57,06157,061 0 57,061 68,870
Comprehensive Geriatric Education 3,450 3,392 3,392 3,392 3,392 3,392
Loan Repayment & Scholarships 31,482 31,055 31,055 43,700 44,000 36,000
Nurse Education, Practice & Retention Grants 36,468 37,291 37,291 37,291 37,291 37,291
Nursing Faculty Loan Program 4,831 4,773 4,773 4,773 7,773 8,000
Nursing Workforce Diversity 16,270 16,107 16,107 16,107 16,107 16,107

Editors and reporters: For interview opportunities please contact NLN chief communications officer Karen R. Klestzick at 212-812-0376, kklestzick@nln.org.

More information about the NLN's government affairs can be found at www.nln.org/governmentaffairs.

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