Title VIII Nursing Workforce programs are currently operating without 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.
The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act would reauthorize critical Nursing Workforce Development programs through the fiscal year 2024. 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. The 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.