[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


[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.

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

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