Today, AACN commends the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for advancing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959) to the Full Committee for further consideration and for their tireless dedication to our nursing workforce. The Title VIII Programs are successful in increasing the number of nurse faculty and the supply of nurses needed to meet the healthcare needs of our nation, both now and in the future.
Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, Representative David Joyce (R-OH) recognizes, “Being a nurse is truly hard work. As the husband to a nurse, I understand the great detail, training, and education that goes into their daily work to keep patients safe and healthy. As the House Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, I am proud to see the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee advance my legislation, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017, to expand access to nursing workforce programs so our nurses can provide the greatest quality care to patients across the country.”
Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Co-Chair of the House Nursing Caucus, said: “Nursing shortages across the country are straining care, especially in our rural and underserved communities, endangering patient health and well-being, and driving up healthcare costs. In the next two years alone, the U.S. is on track to face a shortage of roughly 200,000 nursing professionals. Reauthorizing federal funding for vital programs that provide nurses with training, education, and financial support will expand access to quality healthcare for our communities. I urge Congress to pass these bipartisan bills so we can build a 21st century healthcare workforce that meets the needs of our future.”