a compromise "nurse reinvestment act" could find its way to the senate floor in the next few days, and possibly the president's desk by the end of next week. house and senate negotiations over hr. 3487 and a similar but more expansive s. 1684 (incorporating the nursing employment and education development act, s. 721) have been finalized. the house,
meanwhile, is slated to take up the bill under suspension of the rules (no amendments permitted) the week of july 22. both chambers have set aug. 1 as the target
date for resolution.
of persistent disagreement among negotiators was how best to authorize funding for the various scholarship, grant and loan repayment initiatives in both bills.
house republicans prevailed in their effort to use more flexible language, i.e., "such sums as necessary," as opposed to stipulating specific dollar amounts, which senate negotiators and house democrats favored. the compromise bill would permit loan cancellation for nurses earning advanced degrees, contingent on post-graduation service as nursing faculty.
"magnet facility" language from s. 1684, favored by the american nurses association, would provide rn retention and patient safety grants to health facilities that support greater provider and care activity coordination.
also reportedly included in the final bill:
**scholarship and loan repayment programs for nurses agreeing to serve at least two years at health facilities in designated "critical shortage" areas;
**career ladder grants;
**grants to nursing schools, hospitals and other health facilities to create gerontology training programs;
**funding for a series of public service announcements to promote the profession.
i remember when wildtime was against this bill and was writing to congress...guess other nurses and nursing supporters out numbered him. truely believe this legislation will help us for years. karen
ana hails congressional agreement on nurse reinvestment act
tell congress that they must pass the nurse reinvestment act now!
call this number today! - 202-224-3121
(will directly connect you to the congressional switchboard - ask for your state delegation)
to write your representative, go to http://www.house.gov/house/memberwww.html
select the name of your representative, go to their website and follow the directions for e-mailing a message.
to write to your senators, go to http://www.senate.gov/senators/senator_by_state.cfm
select the senators for your state, go to their websites and follow the directions for e-mailing a message.
important! don't forget to include your mailing address in the text of the message! this indicates that you are a constituent and allows your representative and senators to respond to you.
deliver the message:
*congress must not delay in passing the nurse reinvestment act.
*the present and growing nursing shortage is already impacting patient care.
**the shortage will reach crisis proportions if congress fails to act.
*support best practices for nurse administration i. e. staffing!
*** congress must address retention as well as recruitment!
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