S. 497, The Nurse Education, Expansion, and Development Act of 2009
Nurse Education, Expansion, and Development Act of 2009 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to award a grant to each eligible school of nursing to increase the number of nursing faculty and students.
Requires such schools to formulate and implement a plan to accomplish at least two of specified goals, which include: (1) establishing or significantly expanding an accelerated baccalaureate degree nursing program designed to graduate new nurses in 12 to 18 months; (2) establishing cooperative interdisciplinary training between schools of nursing and other specified health related fields; (3) increasing admissions, enrollment, and retention of qualified individuals who are financially disadvantaged; (4) increasing enrollment of minority and diverse student populations; (5) increasing enrollment of new graduate baccalaureate nursing students in graduate programs that educate nurse faculty members; (6) developing post-baccalaureate residency programs to prepare nurses for practice in specialty areas where nursing shortages are more severe; and (7) increasing integration of geriatric content into the core curriculum.
In my opinion can't happen soon enough, looks like it is in the Senate and should vote on this , this will help the "nursing shortage".
Amen to that! There is no nursing shortage in my area. They need to provide money to hospitals to train new nurses, because they don't want us because we cost a lot to train. They want experience, and don't want us.
The hospitals can pay nurses more - the CEOs don't want to give up their several million dollar incomes.
Now, in about say 10 years - there will be a desperate nursing shortage when the baby boomers start falling apart. Maybe that is why the "shortage" stories keep flying around!
Last edit by Platypus on May 31, '09
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