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NLN CEO Testifies on HRSA's Title VIII - Nursing Workforce Development Programs

04/02/2007

Dr. Beverly Malone Makes Case for Increased Funding to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

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April 2, 2007—New York, NY—Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO of the National League for Nursing testified before the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies on Thursday, March 29.

As evidenced by the questions put to her by the members of the subcommittee, Dr. Malones testimony struck a chord with the representatives who readily understood the relationship between the worsening shortage of nurses and the concomitant shortage of nurse educators. She made a strong case for increased funding at a minimum of $200 million for FY 2008. The Bush Administrations proposed budget for FY 2008 contains a 29 percent cut aimed at the reduction of some Nursing Workforce Development programs and the elimination of others, a strategy Dr. Malone described as ill-considered in light of the aging population and nursing workforce.

Dr. Malones full written testimony is available on the NLN website at www.nln.org/governmentaffairs/statementsandletters.htm. To arrange an interview with Dr. Malone, please contact Kathi Ream, NLN director of government affairs, at 703-241-3947 or Karen R. Klestzick, chief communications officer at the NLN, at 212-812-0376.

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