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National League for Nursing Rejects Administration’s FY 2021 Budget Plan Proposing Severe Cuts to Nursing Workforce & Research

February 12, 2020

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Michael Keaton
National League for Nursing Rejects Administration’s FY 2021 Budget Plan Proposing Severe Cuts to Nursing Workforce & Research
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing is disappointed that the Trump administration has once again developed a budget proposal that fails to recognize the value of critical nursing workforce development and research programs. The fiscal year 2021 proposal, “A Budget For America’s Future,” released on Monday, is a budget that fails to prepare for America’s future by ignoring the nation’s increasing need for a diverse, well-educated and prepared nursing workforce as well as research that evaluates and enhances nursing education and practice.

Just weeks after Congress and the administration agreed on a fiscal year 2020 spending plan that substantially increased funds for nursing workforce development programs under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act and for the National Institute for Nursing Research, the administration’s budget proposal would wipe out all funding for Title VIII programs except for the NURSE Corps – a stunning $177 million cut that would do enormous harm to nursing education, recruitment and practice – and a $16 million reduction in funding that would cripple nursing research and science.

“The administration’s cuts would harm nursing schools and programs by impairing their ability to accept or retain students along with their ability to retain or recruit faculty. The National League for Nursing will work intensely with Congress to restore and increase funding for these vital programs in fiscal year 2021,” said NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FANOL, FAAN, professor and dean emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of the Wise Group.

“The National League for Nursing will work with bipartisan members of Congress to ensure that fiscal 2021 appropriations provide necessary funding to ensure that our nation will work toward the diverse nursing workforce we need to meet the health care needs of the nation,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

While it will work to reject these proposed funding cuts, the National League for Nursing is grateful that the administration is supporting funding for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the recruitment of nurses in the Indian Health Service, and the ability of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the assignment of beneficiaries for accountable care organizations, as well as increasing access to telehealth technology in rural and underserved areas.

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