Nursing Shortage

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*Indicates issue is a core ANA legislative and regulatory priority for the 112th Congress.

*Funding for Nursing Workforce Development
ANA is working to convince Congress 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. ANA is asking for $267.3 million in fiscal year (FY) 2011, which would be a 10% increase.

Immigration and the Nurse Workforce
ANA opposes the Rural and Urban Health Care Act of 2005 (H.R. 248) which would weaken current certification requirements for nurses educated in foreign schools of nursing. Congress should focus on programs that recruit and retain American nurses in patient care, instead of looking overseas for a risky quick-fix to the nursing shortage.