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The US House of Representatives recently passed HR 728, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019, representing an important step toward reauthorizing vital programs that bolster nursing education, prepare the next generation of nurses, and support communities across the country.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is especially grateful to the US House of Representatives for their commitment to the nursing profession. Dr. Ann Cary, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors, tells, “These programs are vital to ensuring we have a robust and diverse nursing pipeline, especially in rural and underserved areas.”

The lead sponsor of HR 728 is Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH) and the cosponsors include Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), David McKinley (R-WV), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL).

According to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, “There is a dire need of nurses all across this country, with rural and underserved communities most negatively impacted. Nurses are the heartbeat of our healthcare system, and this shortage is a crisis that impacts everyone. This bill will help make it easier to educate, train, and grow the number of nurses across the country. The Senate must quickly take up and pass our bipartisan bill so that we can build the 21st Century nursing workforce we need.” 

To learn more about the recently passed Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019, visit here

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