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TELL THE SENATE TO REAUTHORIZE HRSA's NURSING PROGRAMS THIS YEAR!

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Congress is back for the lame duck session and is expected to be busy finalizing legislation before adjourning in December. As the 115th Congress enters its final stretch, we are learning that passage of the entire Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (HR 959/S 1109) is in jeopardy. The NLN supports passage of this important piece of legislation. 

We need you to tell your Senators to pass the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act this year. Read more...

H.R. 959: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017

115th Congress (2017-2018)
Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to extend through FY2022 support for nursing workforce programs and grants. Eligibility for advanced nursing education grants is expanded to include education programs for clinical nurse leaders and all combined registered nurse and graduate degree programs. (Clinical nurse leaders are advanced generalist clinicians who apply research and coordinate care in order to improve outcomes for patients.) To be eligible for these grants, clinical nurse specialist programs must provide registered nurses with full-time clinical nurse specialist education that qualifies the nurses to provide a full range of care. Programs for loan repayment and scholarships for nurses, loans for nursing faculty, and geriatric care education are extended through FY2022. Grants for increasing nursing workforce diversity are also extended through FY2022. Nurse education, practice, and quality grants are extended through FY2022 and eligibility is expanded to include nurse-managed health clinics. Grants for nursing career ladder programs are expanded to: (1) promote career advancement for individuals to become registered nurses or advanced education nurses; and (2) support internships and residency programs to encourage mentoring and the development of specialties.

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We should all band together in each state and sign a letter passing onto our senators, who would like to help me organize this? Any takers? I live in Idaho but we can come up a single letter on behalf of all states and pass it along.

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Good idea. The "tell your Senators" link above allows you to send letter directly to Senator based on your address. You can edit the letter if desired.

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Please don't type post titles in all caps. Between that, the imperative form of the verb and the exclamation point at the end, it distracts from your message.

Thanks!

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One of my senators is already on board with this. The other lost his bid for reelection, and in all honesty he has shown no interest in doing anything that Trump doesn't want (one big reason that he lost in November).

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Please don't type post titles in all caps. Between that, the imperative form of the verb and the exclamation point at the end, it distracts from your message.

Thanks!

TY for your comment. Post title was copied and pasted from NLN newsletter.

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