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AACN Concerned That the President's FY 2009 Budget Request Will Prolong the Nursing and Nurse Faculty Shortage
Date:2/4/2008

unprecedented nurse faculty shortage and the documented need for primary care providers in the U.S., AACN is perplexed and disheartened by the President's decision. However, AACN was pleased to see that the President increased funding for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) by $1.46 million over last year's level. Citing AACN's data in the justification for this funding increase, the President noted that the "increase in school participation and supported students [in the NFLP program] and the steady increase in graduate program enrollment and graduation demonstrate NFLP success." For more information on the Administration's justification for the FY 2009 budget proposal impacting Title VIII programs, see ftp://ftp.hrsa.gov/about/budgetjustification09.pdf

"Without increased federal funding for nursing education, schools nationwide will continue to struggle and be unable to increase the student capacity needed to meet the growing demand for professional nurses," said AACN President Jeanette Lancaster. "Nursing colleges and universities rely on the federal support provided through Title VIII to educate new nurses and future faculty. All of the progress Congress has made to strengthen the nursing workforce and support faculty preparation would be in jeopardy if funding for these programs was cut sharply."

Nationwide attention to the nursing shortage has sparked the interest of thousands of men and women across the country to pursue a nursing career. However, schools of nursing simply cannot accommodate the rising student demand. In 2006, AACN found that 42,866 qualified applicants were turned away from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs due primarily to a lack of nurse educators. A limited supply of students enrolled in graduate programs, coupled with an expected wave of faculty retirements, place additional strain on the diminishing faculty population.

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