The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2017, H.R. 959. This a critical first step in bolstering our nation's nursing workforce. The legislation must pass the Senate, where it currently sits in the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Title VIII Nursing Workforce programs are currently operating without an authorization. In today’s tight fiscal environment, programs without a current authorization run the risk of losing funding. Its critical Congress understands nursing workforce development programs are essential to ensuring there enough nurses to treat the patient population. Urge your senators to support the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017.
The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act would reauthorize critical Nursing Workforce Development programs through the fiscal year 2022. The Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) bolster nursing education at all levels, strengthen nursing education and fund institutions educating nurses to practice in rural and medically underserved communities. Additionally, the reauthorization includes technical changes to update the statute with current nursing roles and practices.
- Recognizes all four advanced practice registered roles. Amends Title VIII statute to include clinical nurse specialists as providers eligible for grants. Current statute only delineates nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse-midwives.
- Includes clinical nurse leaders as eligible providers for Advanced Education Nursing Grants and the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice.
- Defines nurse-managed health clinics. Nurse-Managed Health Clinics are a prime model of efficient and cost-effective primary health care.