Washington, DC, May 10, 2019 —
The National League for Nursing applauds the bipartisan reintroduction of S.1399, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019, by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in the Senate. Like the companion bill in the House of Representatives, this legislation would reauthorize nursing workforce development programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These programs provide education and training to nurses and nurse faculty to improve access to and quality of health care in underserved areas.
G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, president of the National League for Nursing and professor and associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, praised reintroduction in the Senate, saying, “Our nation needs more nurses and nurse faculty in order to continue to meet the high demand for nursing care in a variety of community settings, most especially those living in rural and medically underserved communities. This legislation ensures that all nursing schools can carry on their mission to prepare the next generation of nurses.”
“The National League for Nursing is proud to once again support the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019,” said CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. Dr. Malone added, “The National League for Nursing commends the leadership of Senators Merkley and Burr for reintroducing this bill in the Senate. This bill’s reintroduction during National Nurses Week also honors the 4 million-plus nurses across the country.”
The changing landscape of patient care, driven by greater consumer engagement, practice-driven technologies and virtual health care, provides a unique system’s context for teaching and learning. Using and teaching about emerging technology is a fundamental curriculum component of nursing education. Providing nursing care in a highly technological, connected work environment is the future of nursing practice.
The National League for Nursing fully supports the reintroduction of S.1399, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019, and plans to work with members of the Senate and House to move this important bill through the legislative process quickly.
To learn more about the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act, visit the NLN Advocacy Action Center.
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