In the news: Healthcare reform bill creates nurse training opportunities

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, March 28, 2010

Representatives from the American Nurses Association (ANA) were among the many honored guests to witness President Obama sign healthcare reform into law. The reform includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which hopes to ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, and will also expand nurse training opportunities. Part of the act includes a mission to enhance healthcare workforce education and training, including:

  • Cultural competency, prevention and public health and individuals with disabilities training.
  • Advanced nursing education grants for accredited Nurse Midwifery programs.
  • Nurse education, practice, and retention grants to nursing schools to strengthen nurse education and training programs and to improve nurse retention.
  • Nurse practitioner training program in community health centers and nurse-managed health centers.
  • Nurse faculty loan program for nurses who pursue careers in nurse education.
  • A U.S. Public Health Sciences Track to train physicians, dentists, nurses, physician assistants, mental and behavior health specialists, and public health professionals emphasizing team-based service, public health, epidemiology, and emergency preparedness and response in affiliated institutions.

Read a government summary of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Read the ANA press release on healthcare reform law.

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