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The Nurse Reinvestment Act, which was introduced to help alleviate the nationwide nursing shortage, has been signed into law by President Bush.
The Nurse Reinvestment Act, which was introduced to help alleviate the nationwide nursing shortage, has been signed into law by President Bush. The law authorizes federal funding for scholarships and loan repayments for nursing students who agree to work in shortage areas after they graduate. In addition, it includes grants to encourage facilities to implement the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program criteria for excellence in nursing services.
"The Nurse Reinvestment Act will go a long way toward attracting young people into the nursing profession," said Barbara Blakeney, president of the Washington-based American Nursing Association. "This investment in the nursing work force is crucial to the health and welfare of all Americans and will enhance the nation's ability to respond to public health crises."
Sponsors of the bill hope it will help bring more people into the nursing profession and fill the numerous nursing vacancies throughout the country.
"With 125,000 nurse vacancies nationwide, the Nurse Reinvestment Act is a critical and welcomed boost to the nation's healthcare system," said Representative Lois Capps (D-CA), a sponsor of the bill. "Nurses are the backbone of our public health system, and right now we don't have enough of them. The Nurse Reinvestment Act will encourage more people to enter the nursing profession and offer important initiatives to keep nurses in the field for longer periods of time." PR