[TAKE ACTION] Tell Congress to Fund Critical Nursing Programs!

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  • 4,129 fewer nurses and nursing students will be supported by Nursing Workforce Development programs.
  • 1,011 fewer trainees will be in the Advanced Education Nursing and Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship.
  • 978 fewer nurses, nursing students, faculty, and other health professionals delivering care to the elderly, disabled, and chronically ill who are supported by the Title VIII Comprehensive Geriatric Education program. [1]

These numbers are simply too high. In 2004 we worked tirelessly to increase funds for Title VIII, which funds workforce development programs, and we succeeded by getting the largest single year increase of 26% in over 30 years. We cannot go back. The implications are far reaching and would devastate access and quality of care and hinder those nurses who are working to move up in their careers.

On March 6, the United States House of Representatives passed a post-sequestration bill (HR 933) which provides funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Unfortunately, Title VIII was cut by $11.7 million below the 2012 funding levels, proposing funding at $219.4 million for FY 2013.This legislation will now be considered in the Senate. Overall funding for Health and Human Services will likely carry on as a Continuing Resolution. It is time to come together and tell Congress to save these critical programs. The 5% cut in sequestration will already impact our work. Tell Congress not to cut any more Title VIII funds in the budget process.

Take Action:  https://secure3.convio.net/ana/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=411&JServSessionIdr004=rdd80t0it1.app305b&ct=1

For more information on the Budget and Sequestration, visit: http://www.rnaction.org/site/PageNavigator/nstat_ndd_sequestration.html

P.S. ANA is committed to making sure that the voice of nursing is heard loud and clear in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more about how ANA Members can affect change in Washington.

[1] Nursing Community. (2013) Sequestration: Examining the Impact on America’s Nursing Workforce. Accessed March 14, 2013 from http://www.nursingworld.org/SequestrationFactsheet.pdf

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About Heather Swift

Heather “Swifty” Swift has been Kicking mAss since 1998. At 28 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a recently single mom with two small babies on her hip. After completing treatment with the thought that cancer was in her rear view mirror she worked, locally, as a volunteer for Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance doing community outreach to be certain that no one faced cancer alone. In 2005, she had a secondary diagnosis of breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation, which only amped up her commitment to creating positive change and to becoming a strong and effective advocate for the young adult cancer community. Now, at age 42, Swifty, her partner, Brian, and her two teenage children work together locally, nationally and internationally to advocate for change. Swifty regularly meets with legislators to work towards tangible change in health care, legislation that addresses the needs of cancer patients, care-partners, and families. She works directly with clinicians, medical/nursing students, youth & college students, cancer support organizations and others to educate them about the special needs of young adults living with a cancer diagnosis. Swifty is passionate about providing support by connecting people living with cancer to resources, to other cancer survivors, and to mobilizing and training individuals and groups to find their inner advocate. Swifty currently works with a number of amazing, hand-selected organizations, which provide her with opportunities to educate, to advocate, and to change the conversation about cancer and to work to bring an end to the disease. A few include: LiveSTRONG, mAss Kickers, Imerman Angels, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Dusty Showers & The Second Basemen, and Stupid Cancer. Swifty is an oncology nursing student in upstate New York, loves time with her family, paddling sports, and peanut butter. She is a Virgo, but not the really anal-retentive type. Her strange fascination with superheroes makes her popular in geek circles, but it can be endearing. Swifty will be riding a llama across Oregon in July of 2012 and really does believe we can achieve and end to cancer and in world peace. Motto: Never Give Up! Favorite quote: “Our own life has to be our message.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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