<Anyway it's very annoying >
Are you referring to the situation you have now? Maybe I missed something in the 24 pages of this bill but I dont see any details in the new bill I was referring to that would suggest funds will be given ONLY to students who are disadvantaged. Are you just assuming that this will be the case with the new grants, loans, scholarships, and reimbursements that the new law would provide based on past experience? This bill does make mention in one section that first consideration for tuition & loan forgiveness will be given to students who are willing to work in underserved areas. But the bill itself makes no suggestion that these students be of any particular income level, ethnicity, or GPA. It appears that the most important thing is the agreement to "give back" for your education by working where nurses are most needed - not forever - but for a specific period of time.
There are several different allocations designed in the bill. Some are specifcally earmarked to increase recruitment of minority groups that are presently under-represented in the profession. Some are allocations for those students who demonstrate a financial need. But that is not all the bill allows for.
There are also other allocations that will be given to the agency, association, school, hospital, facility to supply as scholarships to their members, employees, students - to attend nursing school. No requirements on the students who receive the money are set in the bill itself and will probably be determined at a future time by the individual entity that is awarding the scholarship. So I dont see how anyone reading this bill would get the impression that it says money will be used only for certain groups. It doesnt say anything of the kind.
There are also allocations to be awarded for everyone from CNAs, LPNs, & staff RNs to Public Health nurses, RN Educators, ect. The list is very long & can be read in section 861 of H.R. 1436 and S.706. There are 24 pages in the House of Representatives bill, 19 pages in the Senate bill & I did not see any mention of the kind of thing you are bitter about. In the meantime, they are talking about providing millions of dollars for the education of nurses.
We all need to write our legislators & tell them to approve it.
<<American Nurses Association Applauds Introduction of Nurse Reinvestment Act in Congress
Washington, DC - April 6, 2001 -- The American Nurses Association applauds the introduction this week of The Nurse Reinvestment Act in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The legislation, which comprises two companion bills, S. 706 and H.R. 1436, was introduced in the Senate by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), James Jeffords (R-VT), Tom Daschle (D-SD), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and 18 other senators, and in the House by Reps. Lois Capps (D-CA), Sue Kelly (R-NY) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), along with 24 other representatives.
The proposed act establishes the National Nurse Service Corps, which would fund nurse scholarships; public service announcements; grants for continuing education, recruitment and training; enhanced loan repayment programs; scholarships, loans and stipends to encourage nursing faculty development; and increased Medicare and Medicaid funding for nurse education.
ANA President Mary Foley, MS, RN, hailed the introduction of the companion bills, stating they "will serve the dual purpose of attracting young people into nursing while also retaining current nurses who wish to further their education." Even more critical, Foley noted, "These bills will help counter a looming shortage of nurses that may soon reach crisis proportions, as the nation's aging baby boom population begins placing greater demands on the U.S. health care system."
The growing nursing shortage has increasingly affected hospitals, home health agencies, nursing facilities and other providers across the nation. Areas hardest hit include emergency room, critical care, labor and delivery, and long-term care units.
Contributing to the shortage of nurses are several serious workplace issues -- including the use of mandatory overtime and other short-staffing practices -- which have led to a serious decline in working conditions and have driven increasing numbers of nurses away from acute-care settings.
Another cause of the shortage is a lack of young people entering the nursing profession. For example, enrollments in undergraduate nursing programs have declined 17 percent since 1995. And current projections show that the number of nurses per capita will fall 20 percent below requirements by the year 2020, largely as a result of increasing nurse retirements coupled with the impending health care needs of the aging baby boom generation.
"If nothing is done to address this shortage, America will soon find itself without adequate numbers of nurses to care for its rapidly aging population," Foley said. "That is why making a reinvestment in our nation's nurses is so crucial. The funding for education provided by this legislation will help to boost nursing school enrollments, and will also encourage existing nurses to go back to school and increase their levels of education."
Foley added that ANA is particularly pleased by the mix of reimbursement incentives, innovative recruitment techniques and funding for outreach and publicity contained in the bill. "One viable solution to the emerging nursing shortage lies in targeting and increasing our nation's existing nurse population -- and this bill goes a long way toward achieving that aim," she said.
Foley also expressed optimism regarding this and other recent efforts in Congress to bolster the nursing profession in general. "It is my hope that, in the long run, Congress will act not only to help attract more nurses to the profession, but also to open up a greater public dialogue regarding establishing better working conditions for nurses -- so we can retain the new nurses we recruit."
for more details: http://www.ana.org/gova/federal/legis/107/funding.htm
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