Drafting nurses?

  1. I was reading today about how many nurses there are who are no longer practicing, and then started to wonder if the crisis became so severe that the gov't could "draft" nurses back into practice.

    Bear with me, I know it sounds crazy, but gov't can force public transp. to keep running even if they're in the middle of a labor dispute if it is in "national interest." If the shortage gets as bad as is predicted, I wouldn't be surprised to see some similar action initiated.

    Any thoughts?
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  3. by   fab4fan
    I was trying to think of the Act the president initiates when a work stoppage threatens national interests; I think it is the Hill-Burton Act.

    Does anyone else know?
  4. by   fab4fan
    Sorry...it's not Hill-Burton; can't remember what it is.
  5. by   TIREDmidnightRN
    I read the entire Health care act proposed by Hillary Clinton and committee..in fact, it stated that since nursing education is subsidized by the government, the government OWNS nursing practice, and can order re-location to areas with shortages....AHA! That plan was defeated, right?.....but, according to the Assosciation of Private Practice Physicians, the plan was never scrapped....it is being instituted piece by piece..starting with the state to state child insurance acts.....
  6. by   live4today
    My thought is they will bring planeloads of foreign nurses here to work in the place of those American nurses who don't want to stay on board at the hospitals. I don't think our government cares WHO saves them money as long as they meet THEIR agenda in getting the slots filled at a lower cost to them.
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Found this info re air controllers strike. Seemed other unions crossed picket lines, cause they thought controllers greedy.
    (Hum, sounds familiar...)

    The consequences of the air traffic controllers strike, 20 years later


    Under the Nurse Reinvestment Act,
    "Establishes a scholarship program for nursing students who agree to work in a shortage area (as defined by Section 846(a)) upon completion on their nursing degree. Scholarship would cover costs associated with tuition and other 'reasonable expenses' and a $400 per month stipend."


    For people who are able to travel/relocate this legislation is helpful. IT IS JUST ONE PART.

    Shortage areas are usually " underserved areas" often inner city neighborhoods and rural areas. Next town over from me is the most impoverishied city in country--not even a grocery store; medical center in need of 100 RN's; so under this legislation, I wouldn't have to travel too far.