Trump is clearly the devil incarnate but somehow he stumbled on a not totally unreasonable idea. We do not have a nursing shortage in this country
, rather we have an excess of RNs and estimates are that within the next 8 years we will have around 10% more RNs than jobs for them. We don't need to be throwing money at training nurses when every 10th one won't be able to use they're education in this country.
What we do have, however, is a geographic maldistribution of nurses. Some states have extreme excesses, like Iowa at 60% oversupply, whereas others have deficits, Alaska tops that list with 37% fewer nurses than jobs. The suggestion that we tie educational funding for RNs to commitments to work in high need areas is actually one of the best ways to remedy the vast differences between when nurses live and where they are most needed.
The budget as a whole is an indefensible mess but even a broken clock is right twice a day.