today, the american association of colleges of nursing (aacn) expressed its concern that proposed cuts to nursing education programs contained in president bush's fy 2008 budget request would reverse the progress made by federal legislators to address the nation's nursing shortage. the president has requested a 30% reduction in funding for nursing workforce development programs (title viii of the public health service act), which includes the elimination of advanced education nursing programs
. in addition to cuts to nursing education, the president's budget is calling for a steep decrease in funding for health professions education programs (title vii) which would endanger the nation's ability to provide necessary health care services, especially to vulnerable populations.
"though many efforts to address the u.s. nursing shortage are having a positive impact, nursing schools are struggling to further expand student capacity to meet the growing demand for professional nurses," said aacn president jeanette lancaster. "nursing colleges and universities rely on federal support to educate new nurses and future faculty. all of the progress congress has made to strengthen the nursing workforce and support faculty preparation would be in jeopardy if funding to essential nursing education programs is eliminated or sharply cut."
in the fy 2008 budget proposal, the president is calling for a $44 million decrease in funding for nursing workforce development programs from $149.7 million to $105.3 million. specifically, programs funded under advanced education nursing, which provided support to 11,949 graduate nursing students in fy 2005, would be eliminated. though this action eliminates more than $58 million in grants and traineeships
for graduate nursing students and future nurse faculty, the president is calling for a $13 million increase in the nurse loan repayment and scholarship programs which are focused on preparing entry-level nurses.
really really bad health policy. this proposal is moving us away from improved access to health care when it is considered in combination with the proposed cuts in schip funding for the poor.
Feb 14, '07
I'm one of the 31% who approves of our president. I certainly don't agree with all that he does and I don't aways agree with the way he does it but I have seen no convincing arguments that his opponent in the elections would have done as well for us. Some of the problems he is dealing with (such as the Middle East) have no quick, easy or painless solutions and have been passed along to him by the likes of Harry Truman (a democrat I believe). Critics need to have something better to propose. Few do.
On the basis of my personal interest, reducing funding for nursing education doesn't sound very appealing but I would need to know more about the extent to which such expenditures have actually resulted in increased numbers of nursing eductors before I could have an opinion representing more than my own self-interest. If the funding has been achieving the desired goal, I hope it will survive. Some statistical data would be of interest here and would enable all of us to forward convincing arguments to our representatives in congress or to the president himself.
As for tax cuts for the "rich", how do you propose to give tax cuts to those who are not paying taxes? If continuing to increase government size and cost were the solution to all our problems then we could achieve Nirvana by turning all our earnings over to the politicians. I think someone tried that before and it didn't work very well. By the way, the IRS considers MANY nurses to be "rich", especially those in two-income families.
My observation after several decades in the health care environment is the most "poor and vulnerable" among us receive almost unlimited health care services along with large numbers of others who are simply "milking the system dry" at the expense of those of us who pay taxes. That's not to say that we don't need to look for ways to make health care more affordable for all but letting the government do it all for us is rarely the best solution. Or so the folks from Canada tell me who come across the bridge to Detroit in large numbers to work and and to buy health care which their government fails to provide them.
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Feb 16, '07
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I will continue to present news and facts about this administration. Sometimes they will challenge your world view in ways that you may not like. I refrain from casting character aspersions on the motivations of people I engage in debate. I have extensive professional level experience in the analysis of dysfunctional behaviors and attitudes. The patterns of behavior of the president and his associates are dysfunctional and damaging to our society.
I respect your right to express your opinions regardless of how twisted and surreal they may be. Most of the information you are spewing is either fallacious or irrelevant, whatever the intent. Credentials do not correlate with realism.
It is a privilege to have the opportunity to correct your misleading allegations from time to time. I welcome you to do likewise.
Have a nice day.
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