Senate Committee Flat Funds Nursing Workforce Development Programs for FY 2013
On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, 16 to 14, its FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. Title VIII nursing programs received level funding from the Senate committee. No details are available yet on when the bill will go to the Senate floor, but current rumors speculate that the House Appropriations Committee may mark up the bill as early as this coming week. Specific details on the Title VIII programs follow.

Title VIII - Nursing Workforce Development Programs
($ in thousands)
Nursing Workforce Development ProgramsFY 2011 FinalFY 2012 Final
(Includes 0.189% rescission)
President's Proposed FY 2013
Senate Appropriations Committee FY 2013
Total $242,387$231,099$251,099$231,099
Advanced Nursing Education64,04663,92583,92563,925
Comprehensive Geriatric Education4,5394,4854,4854,485
Nurse Education Loan Repayment & Nurse Scholarships93,29283,13583,13583,135
Nurse Education, Practice & Retention Grants39,65339,18239,18239,182
Nursing Faculty Loan Program24,84824,55324,55324,553
Nursing Workforce Diversity16,00915,81915,81915,819


        Volume 9, Issue 4
              June 2012



Senate Committee Flat Funds Nursing Workforce Development Programs for FY 2013

Title VIII - Nursing Workforce Development Programs

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FROM THE STATES . . .

Renewal of Nursing Support Program Sought in Maryland

In order to further strengthen its nursing workforce, Maryland health officials want to continue to use a popular nursing support program to push for higher education among nurses, improve patient satisfaction, and promote research in nursing. According to a new report compiled by the state's Health Services Cost Review Commission, the Nurse Support Program I (NSP I) has accomplished its primary goal of increasing the number of bedside nurses by supporting recruitment and workforce retention programs and projects at hospitals. NSP I is up for another five-year renewal and commission staff want to use the program to further bolster the state's nursing workforce by focusing on training and education among nurses and improving measurement of the correlation between quality nursing and patient safety and satisfaction.

The staff's recommendations are influenced by the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing, which outlined eight ways to address a growing demand for quality nursing. Along with nursing representatives from Maryland hospitals, the commission staff singled out four of those recommendations to focus on through the NSP I:
  • Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.
  • Promote lifelong learning among nurses.
  • Support leadership among nurses.
  • Implement a nurse residency program.
According to a commission report, Maryland hospitals increased their nursing staff by 15 percent between 2007 and 2011. Many hospitals said NSP I funding intended for attracting and retaining nurses contributed to their nursing staff growth.
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