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AACN Applauds the President's FY 2010 Budget Request

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For Immediate Release

AACN Applauds the President's FY 2010 Budget Request

President Proposes to Increase Funding for Nurse Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs from $37 Million to $125 Million


WASHINGTON, DC, May 7, 2009 - Today, President Obama released his FY 2010 Department of Health and Human Services Budget that provided specific details on the funding levels he has proposed for nursing education and research programs. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is thrilled that the Administration provided $263 million for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) and $144 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

The proposed funding for Title VIII programs represents a 54% increase over the FY 2009 level of $171.03 million. The greatest increase was awarded to the Nurse Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs, which received $125 million, a 238% increase over last year’s funding level. The Nurse Faculty Loan Program received $16 million, a 39% increase over the FY 2009 level of $11.5 million.

“President Obama is a true champion for nursing. This proposed funding allocation marks a historical point for nursing education, recruitment, and retention,” said AACN President Fay Raines. “If the President’s request passes Congress, it would be the highest allocation these programs have received since created in 1964. AACN will work diligently with our top nursing advocates in the House and Senate to see this funding level enacted.”

The President’s request would offer significant relief to help alleviate the 11-year national nursing shortage that is projected to grow in the coming years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nursing is the nation’s top profession in terms of projected job growth with more than 587,000 new nursing positions being created through 2016. The demand for nurses will continue to grow as the baby boomer population ages, experienced nurses retire, and the need for primary and specialty health care intensifies. BLS projects that more than one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2016.

AACN is also pleased that the President’s budget proposes a 1.4% increase for NINR over last year’s funding level. Moreover, the President’s budget outlined that the NINR will receive $36 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that would potentially bring the total for FY 2010 to $180 million.

“This substantial investment in nursing education and research signals a strong commitment to ensuring the availability of quality nursing care to all Americans,” said Dr. Raines. “AACN looks forward to working with members of the nursing community to secure these funding levels and will continue to work to advance nursing’s role in the national discussion about patient-centered healthcare reform.”

For more information related to the President’s FY 2010 budget proposal, see the following Web links:

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 670 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.



Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231