The NHSC is not cutting back on nurse practitioners - it was a big part of additional funding in the new healthcare affordability act. I heard it from Mary Wakefield who is head of HRSA. This is great news....Here is a quote from her speech:
Our National Health Service Corps places primary care providers in underserved areas for at least two years in exchange for paying down their student loans. Earlier this month, we announced that the number of NHSC clinicians had reached 10,000, almost three times the number when President Obama took office. I’m really excited to say that with the Obama Administration’s unprecedented support, the number of nurse practitioners in the Corps has more than doubled to 1,667, and more than 200 nurse midwives are Corps members.