Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The NLN Day on the Hill

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The NLN Day on the Hill

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Armed with talking points and targeted information, members of the NLN Board of Governors visited Capitol Hill on April 27. Accompanied by members of the NLN staff, they met with senators and representatives from their home states and congressional districts. Their purpose was to help secure federal assistance for nursing education initiatives.

According to NLN research data, 147,000 qualified applications were turned away from nursing programs for the academic year 2004-2005. In 1974, during the last serious nursing shortage, Congress appropriated $ 153 million for nursing education programs, an equivalent of $592 million in today's dollars and approximately four times what the federal government is spending now.

Following are four areas where the NLN advocates action:

* The appropriation of a substantial increase in Title VIII funding to expand the Fast-Track Nursing Faculty Loan and Scholarship Program, which provides support to students working toward a master's or doctoral degree. This program allows students to complete their studies rapidly and enter the teaching role at a younger age, thus expanding the number of productive teaching years.

* Funding existing Title VIII nurse education programs at a minimum level of $175 million for FY 2007. …

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