[NURSE ADVOCACY] ANA & Nursing Workforce Development

Title VIII – Nursing Workforce Development

In April, 2013, both the House and Senate circulated a “Dear Colleague” to urge Congress to make a strong commitment to Nurse Workforce Development Programs included in Title VIII funding. The House letter was signed by 84 members, which is 27 more than last year. 27 Senators signed the letter, which is one more Senator than last year. The letter requested these critical programs be funded at $251 million for Fiscal Year 2014.

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About The Issue

Title VIII programs address each aspect of nursing shortages- education, practice, retention, and recruitment. The programs provide the largest source of federal funding for nursing education, offering financial support for nursing education programs, individual students, and nurses.

Title VIII programs bolster nursing education from entry-level preparation through graduate study, favoring institutions that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities. According to HRSA, these programs provided loans, scholarships, and programmatic support to over 70,000 nursing students and nurses in FY 2009.

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Title VIII Fact Sheet (6/2013)

Senate letter regarding FY14 Title VIII funding (4/26/2013)

House of Representatives letter regarding FY14 Title VIII funding (4/19/2013)

ANA’s Testimony before Labor HHS Committee (3/15/13)

Nursing Community FY 2013 Brochure

Nursing Community FY 2013 Budget Overview

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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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