Sending Office: Honorable Suzanne Bonamici
Support Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY19
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Please join us in signing the attached letter urging the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) Appropriations Subcommittee to support the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII
of the Public Health Service Act) in Fiscal Year 2019. An investment in the nursing workforce of today is an investment in access to health care tomorrow.
Nurses are integral members of all healthcare teams and are valued for their ability to collaborate with other professionals to meet the needs of patients and to improve the quality of America’s healthcare system. Registered Nurses comprise the largest group
of health professionals with more than 4 million licensed providers and students. They offer essential care to patients and their families in diverse delivery settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, community centers, schools, workplaces,
and patient homes.
For more than five decades, the Title VIII programs have helped build the supply and distribution of qualified nurses needed in all healthcare settings. The Title VIII programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry-level preparation through
graduate study, and provide support for institutions that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities.
Suzanne Bonamici Rodney Davis
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Tulsi Gabbard Ryan Costello
Member of Congress Member of Congress
March XX, 2018
The Honorable Tom Cole The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Chair Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education
Appropriations Committee Appropriations Committee
United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
We respectfully request that you invest in the nation’s health by providing $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, administered by HRSA) in Fiscal Year 2019 as you work to complete the Labor,
Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.
As essential members of the health professions team, Registered Nurses (RNs), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), and other nurses with graduate degrees comprise the largest sector of the healthcare workforce with more than four million providers.
The RN and APRN pipeline relies on the support provided through the Title VIII programs to advance all aspects of the nursing workforce demand, including education, practice, recruitment, and retention. Title VIII programs bolster education at all levels,
from entry-level preparation through graduate study, and support academic institutions and the nurse faculty who prepare today’s nursing students to be tomorrow’s expert clinicians.
It is critical that communities across the country have access to safe, high-quality, and timely care. Title VIII programs advance this endeavor by fostering training and employment opportunities to serve those most in need. For example, in Academic Year
2015-2016, the Title VIII Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship supported 3,034 students, of which 80 percent were trained in primary care. The Title VIII Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Program supported 7,327 students. Eighty-seven percent
of sites where these students received clinical training were located in medically-underserved areas. Additionally, 55 percent of Title VIII Loan Repayment Program participants working in an underserved area as a condition of loan repayment voluntarily extended
their service contracts to continue providing care to these vulnerable populations.
We appreciate your consideration of our request as your Subcommittee faces a challenging fiscal climate. A strong investment in the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2019 is a strong investment in the nursing workforce, patient well-being,
and the sustainability of our nation’s healthcare system.
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