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News brief: ANA president testifies on need for investment in nursing

Nurse Leader Insider, April 2, 2012

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Karen Daley, president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), testified before Congress on the need to fill more than a million projected nursing jobs that will open in the next 10 years. In her testimony, she noted that the current nursing workforce is aging, with nearly 40% of the country's RNs older than 50. Combined with the increased demand for nurses due to the aging population of baby boomers, who will enter their late 60s in the coming decade, the number of nurses needed to accommodate both the retiring workforce and the growing demand will reach 1.2 million by 2020, according to Daley.

Daley requested $251 million to support the Nursing Workforce Development programs, which are authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. She noted that the funding for Nursing Workforce Development programs, such as educational grants and loan repayment programs, provide many opportunities in nursing education that otherwise would not exist; a lack of funding would exacerbate the imminent nursing shortage, according to Daley. She also requested $20 million for nurse-managed health clinics, which would support community-based programs across the country.

Read Daley's testimony.


 Source: American Nurses Association



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