Below is a summary of the Nursing Community (NC) coalition’s activity for the month of May 2017.
The Nursing Community hosted a two-part luncheon briefing series titled Transforming Health and Health Care: Nursing Workforce and Research on May 9 and May 11, 2017 at which nursing experts shared insights on trends in the profession and nursing science. Additionally, on May 8, 2017, the coalition sent a statement to all Members of Congress expressing our commitment to the nation’s health as Congress celebrated Nurses Week.
Thank you to Appropriators for FY 2017 Funding Levels
Fifty-eight organizations signed on to a letter sent on May 22, 2017 to the members of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees thanking them for protecting funding for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs and for increasing funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in Fiscal Year 2017.
On May 23, 2017, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.1109). Fifty-seven members signed on to a letter thanking these Senators for their support.
Fifty-one organizations signed on to a statement sent on May 23, 2017 responding to the proposed cuts to the Nursing Workforce Development Programs and NINR outlined in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal. Cuts to these programs would do irreparable harm to the nation’s nursing education and research programs- impacting access to care.
On May 23, 2017, the Nursing Community sent a letter to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s new Administrator George Sigounas pledging the coalition’s continued commitment to working with HRSA to ensure its pipeline programs support provider education and training with the goal of ultimately increasing access to affordable, high-quality care.
Senate Finance Committee
The Nursing Community sent a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), responding to his call for comments on healthcare legislation. The letter outlines the coalition’s commitment to accessible, affordable, and quality care.
The NC held their monthly meeting on May 2, 2017 and was hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. There were 39 NC organizations present for the discussion.
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