In the news: Nurses split on Obama’s proposed budget

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, February 8, 2010

Though the American Nurses Association (ANA) has praised President Obama's commitment to strengthen nursing programs, the organization acknowledges that the proposed funding is not ideal, reports Joe Cantlupe for HealthLeaders Media.

The proposed budget essentially maintains funding from previous years. The administration plans to spend $244 million toward the recruitment, education, and retention of 20,000 nursing students and registered nurses. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) officials applauded the administration's decision to keep level funding for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) despite federal budget constraints, reports HealthLeaders Media.

In 2009, more than 40,000 qualified applications for nursing school were turned away because of faculty shortages, according to AACN.

Read more about the proposed budget at HealthLeaders Media.

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