Below is an excerpt from NYSNAs governmental affairs page regarding bills now pending in the legislature to alleviate the problem. Our best action now would be to contact our state assemblymen & senators in Albany & ask them to support the bills & pass them into laws ASAP:
<<<<<Increasing the Supply of Nurses
NYSNA has promoted the introduction of a budget-related bill designed to encourage individuals to enter the nursing profession. This effort complements initiatives aimed at improving working conditions for RNs.
NYSNA wrote the legislation that would create the Empire State Professional Nursing Scholarship Program
to provide financial support to applicants who agree to deliver nursing care in an area of New York that is experiencing a nursing shortage.
Bills, Sponsors and Status: A1202-A (Pretlow) - Assembly Ways and MeansCommittee; S2404 (LaValle) - Senate Health Committee; A6235 (Scozzafava) - Assembly Health Committee
There is an impending shortage of registered nurses. By 2005 there will be shortage of 12,640 RNs to meet the expected health care needs of New Yorkers. In 2002, New York nursing schools turned away 1000
qualified applicants. The primary reason cited was lack of faculty. NYSNA estimates the need for 3,654 additional nurse faculty by 2005.
Nursing students need support. HCRA: “public goods pools” must support nursing students. Graduate medical students are supported by public funds amounting to more than $190,000 per student. There is NO public funding for nursing students.
CSTEP and STEP: support is needed to ensure that students are prepared to enter and succeed in the sciences. Theses programs are particularly important because they promote diversity in nursing.
Tuition Assistance: support is needed to ensure that students are able to continue matriculation in nursing programs. Disruption in education due to financial constraints will further erode the supply of nursing school graduates needed to replace retiring nurses.
NYSNA Practice and Governmental Affairs
Nursing Shortage Facts/Budget Issues >>>>>>>>