Florida: Need For Nurses & Other Legislature News

  1. Florida will need at least 8-thousand new nurses next year to replace those who are quitting, moving or retiring.

    There's also a need for new nurses to accommodate the expected growth in the number of people who need nursing care in hospitals and doctors' offices.

    The House Colleges and Universities Committee unanimously approved a measure aimed at trying to help a bit.

    The Legislature has already created a program to help nurses pay their student loans, aimed at making the profession more attractive. The committee's bill would expand the program to also give loan repayment help to those who want to teach.

    The measure also seeks to help university programs expand by creating a grant program.

    A House committee in the Legislature has approved a bill that would take on operational responsibility for pretrial juvenile detention.

    The counties are already due to take over the state's financial responsibility for the services in July.

    They've lost a legislative fight with lawmakers last year over the funding shift. The House's new measure would add some $25-million in yearly costs to the $95 million the counties are already expecting to take on in July.

    Lawmakers opposing the measure say it was an unfair burden.

    Democratic lawmaker John Seiler says he doesn't think the Legislature can balance the budget on the backs of local government.

    The House committee approved the bill.


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  3. by   Lanceman
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    The Legislature has already created a program to help nurses pay their student loans, aimed at making the profession more attractive. The committee's bill would expand the program to also give loan repayment help to those who want to teach.
    With school's receiving 3 or 4 times more applications than they have slots for they should be looking at that problem as a way to ease the nursing shortage. More educators and classes are needed. What good is a loan re-payment if there is nowhere to go to school ? Potential instructors could use the loan repayment to help make up for the dismal salary they will receive as an educator. One of the LPN program instructors at my college was telling me the other day they received over 80 applications that qualified for the program but they only have 25 spaces to fill. That's plays a substantial part in this shortage or any shortage for that matter: Production does not meet demand so how do they expect to ever catch up ?

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