I cannot sign the petition, as I do not agree with any of the proposed solutions.
I disagree in broad principle with the idea that "President Obama can help new graduate nurses gain the experience needed to get a nursing job". Are we saying that we want the president of the United States to say to the American people: At a time of economic difficulty and sweeping changes in the financing of the health care industry, I want to impose on health care facilities to hire less experienced nurses to take care of patients? Very wrong, on many levels, IMO.
1. Is AN suggesting that Congress (not the president) revise the Internal Revenue Code to make changes in federal income tax for nurses who mentor "apprentice" nurses? Does an individual nurse have the ability to "take on" an apprentice? HR/payroll/individual unit management would then be required to communicate with the IRS that XX, RN precepted YY, RN during the tax year? Oh and hey -- I filled in for XX, RN's regular preceptor while she was absent for 3 days ... where's my IRS form?
2. Are externships programs directly federally funded now, or is AN asking for a new federal program?
3. Is AN suggesting that federal regulation of orientation programs would somehow increase employment of new graduate nurses?
I ask that AN strongly reconsider revoking or extensively rewording this "petition". Thank you.