Bush Budget Threatens Cut for Advanced Nursing Programs

  1. from nursing spectrum:

    [color=#2d5a8c]bush budget threatens cut for advanced nursing programs

    graduate nursing programs across the country would feel the sting of president bush's 2008 budget proposal to axe a $58 million program that has helped fund advanced nursing education...


    from ana capital news:

    96 representatives support nurse appropriations, senate is still counting

    in early march, reps. lois capps, rn (d-ca) and steven latourette (r-oh), the co-chairs of the congressional nursing caucus, circulated a letter in the u.s. house of representatives supporting $200 million in fy 2008 appropriations for the title viii nursing workforce development programs. the final letter, which was delivered to the house appropriations committee on march 20, was signed by a bipartisan group of 96 members of the house of representatives. senators barbara mikulski (d-md) and susan collins (r-me) then circulated a similar letter in the u.s. senate. this letter is open for senators to sign through april 3. ana needs your help! contact your senators today to urge them to sign the mikulski/collins letter.
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    funding for workforce development
    ana is working to convince congres to significantly increase funding for the nursing workforce development programs administered by the health resources and services administration (hrsa) under title viii of the public health service act. we are asking for $200 million in fiscal year (fy) 2008, which would be an increase of $50 million over the fy 2007 funding level.

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  3. by   noggin_wise
    that's what student loans are for, especially graduate loans.
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    $200 million is nothing compared to the pork signed into law.

    We especially need entry level programs leading to RN licensure and LVN to RN programs.
    AND education for those of us who wish so we can become professors and instructors in these programs.
    AND we need more CNS and NP programs.
    Every unit needs a CNA to educate direct care nurses and keep us current.
    Who do they think provides excellent care to underserved areas? Nurse practitioners and Nurse Midwives!
  5. by   SherBearRN
    Spacenurse,

    You are so right about the $200 million. Although $200 million is definately an improvement from the past ($78 million awarded in 2002 according to JCAHO), it still doesn't compare to the $9 billion awarded in 2002 to fund graduate medical education. I haven't done the research to see how much the medical community is receiving now, so one could only guess it has doubled, too.

    I just completed a Capstone Project on the nursing shortage and this country is definately experiencing a shortage. I cited various reasons for this shortage, including adequate federal funding. Bush is an idiot!
  6. by   oramar
    They plan on importing all this talent I guess. You won't be able to find a nurse in the Phillipines or Korea to save you life.(I mean that literally and figuatively)
  7. by   PeachPie
    Quote from noggin_wise
    that's what student loans are for, especially graduate loans.
    The interest goes to the government if they're federal unsubsidized loans. They cut budgets AND offer interest building loans? Coincidence? The government is trying to promote loans and considering it a HUGE favor to us when it's really a get-rich-quick scheme for them.
    Last edit by PeachPie on Apr 29, '07
  8. by   tridil2000
    Quote from SherBearRN
    Spacenurse,

    You are so right about the $200 million. Although $200 million is definately an improvement from the past ($78 million awarded in 2002 according to JCAHO), it still doesn't compare to the $9 billion awarded in 2002 to fund graduate medical education. I haven't done the research to see how much the medical community is receiving now, so one could only guess it has doubled, too.

    I just completed a Capstone Project on the nursing shortage and this country is definately experiencing a shortage. I cited various reasons for this shortage, including adequate federal funding. Bush is an idiot!


    i can not stand the man. he's been nothing but a disgrace.
  9. by   Simplepleasures
    Quote from tridil2000
    i can not stand the man. he's been nothing but a disgrace.
    Yes, and lets realize that we may be in for more of the same schemes in 2008 if we dont vote wisely. Although Bush may remain legendary as the worst Pres. ever.
  10. by   HM2VikingRN
    The point is that many students who take advantage of the stipend programs repay the cost of the governmental support through contracting to work in underserved areas.
  11. by   worldtraveler
    How the Atmosphere towards Bush has changed since Nov 2004! I recall then the ANA opposed Bush and went for Kerry(believe they did in 2000 also not 100% sure) and if I recall corectly, quite a few here at AN.com supported Bush and his Iraq War! Now that Iraq (his invasion)has failed and he now has cut this Nursing money wonder what they feel today. Looks like he is trying to extend this War to hand it off to the next president. He will go down in the anals of history as one of the worst presidents, if not the worst, of all times,,,True Ingelein
    Last edit by worldtraveler on May 9, '07
  12. by   pacifica
    Sad that even though Bush will be gone in 2008, his crappy legacy will affect all of us for many years beyond. Of course, he and all his oil-and-war profiteering buddies will be enjoying the spoils of the Iraq War and the tax cuts. And they'll have plenty of $$$ for private nursing and medical care so what do they care what happens to the rest of us?
  13. by   SherBearRN
    The point of the matter is, nurses are NOT getting the necessary budget to help offset the shortage. If you feel you need the "facts" about this, I would be more than happy to send you my 25-page research paper on the nursing shortage. In it, I discussed the lack of funding and the discrepancies among physicians and nurses. It really is appalling!

    As a nurse, I get passionate about securing a future for myself, as well as the next generation of nurses (if we are able to recruit any). When I hear the government wanting to cut funding on areas that need it, I get angry. This board serves as a way to vent and possible get political action initiated among fellow like-minded nurses.

    For me, it's not about Democrat vs. Republican, black vs. white or men vs. women; it's about standing up for what's right and voicing an opinion. If that makes you uncomfortable, so be it.
    Last edit by Tweety on May 10, '07 : Reason: mentioning a deleted post. This post edited for clarity. Thanks!
  14. by   noggin_wise
    The fact are that programs are making trmendous amounts of money off of students and do not need government subsidizing. People need to stop looking for handouts all the time and either take out student loans or take a 2nd job. The market will take care of the nursing shortage not the federal government.



    Quote from SherBearRN
    Noggin_wise,

    Why do you think it's a conspiracy theory? Have you forgotten we live in America and can voice our opinions? I'm sure you've disliked a president or two in the past. Regardless, I believe everyone is entitles to his own opinion.

    The point of the matter is, nurses are NOT getting the necessary budget to help offset the shortage. If you feel you need the "facts" about this, I would be more than happy to send you my 25-page research paper on the nursing shortage. In it, I discussed the lack of funding and the discrepancies among physicians and nurses. It really is appalling!

    As a nurse, I get passionate about securing a future for myself, as well as the next generation of nurses (if we are able to recruit any). When I hear the government wanting to cut funding on areas that need it, I get angry. This board serves as a way to vent and possible get political action initiated among fellow like-minded nurses.

    For me, it's not about Democrat vs. Republican, black vs. white or men vs. women; it's about standing up for what's right and voicing an opinion. If that makes you uncomfortable, so be it.
    Last edit by sirI on May 10, '07 : Reason: TOS

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