schools of nursing, nursing students, nurses, and eventually patients-particularly those in underserved areas-stand to benefit from an influx of funds allocated in president obama's recently passed economic stimulus bill. the legislation, which provides funding for nurse training and education, was supported by a nursing coalition that included the american nurses association, the american association of colleges of nursing, and the american association of nurse anesthetists.
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the american association of colleges of nursing will post information on its web site ([color=#174b8b]www.aacn.nche.edu/government/opps.htm
) when the funds from the stimulus package become available and alert nursing schools and students about opportunities to apply for them. nurses interested in loan repayment programs and other funding also can visit the health workforce information center web site at [color=#174b8b]www.healthworkforceinfo.org
distribution of healthcare funds in the american recovery and reinvestment act include --
* $200 million to title 8 (nursing workforce development programs) and title 7 (health professions training programs) for loan repayment programs, grants, and scholarships for healthcare professionals
* $300 million to the national health service corps, which offers loan repayment programs, grants, and scholarships for healthcare professionals, including advance practice nurses who agree to work in underserved areas: nhsc.hrsa.gov
* $2 billion to public health centers, including $500 million in grants for the centers and $1.5 billion for construction, renovation, and information technology
* about $11 billion to the national institutes of health for research and renovation of research buildings.
* some $2 billion to the office of the national coordinator for health information technology
* about $2 billion to the u.s. health and human services prevention and wellness fund for immunizations, community prevention programs, technology upgrades, and other programs
* about $700 million to rehabilitation and disability services and research
* $500 million to indian health services
source: propublica - [color=#174b8b]www.propublica.org/special/the-stimulus-plan-a-detailed-list-of-spending
the american recovery and reinvestment act includes some $500 million for education and training of health professionals. nursing groups are asking for at least $100 million to go to the federal nursing workforce development programs, which offer loan repayments for nurses who work in underserved areas or teach in nursing schools; grants for advanced-degree nursing programs; and grants for students from underrepresented minorities in nursing.
the stimulus funds will come in addition to $171 million allocated to the nursing programs as part of the omnibus spending bill signed march 11.
i don't agree with the "experts' " statements in the article re:what a terrible nursing shortage we have.