Letter from the Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief (of which ANNA is a member) to the Senate Committee on Appropriations urging funding for nursing workforce development programs. A similar letter also was sent to the House Committee on Appropriati...

September 20, 2005

The Honorable Arlen Specter
Chairman
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education
Senate Committee on Appropriations
184 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Specter:

The ANSR Alliance (Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief) is comprised of fifty

national nursing organizations that have united to identify and promote creative strategies to address the nursing shortage.  Since 2001, ANSR has worked to identify recommendations for policy changes to alleviate the nursing and nursing faculty shortage, including passage of the Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002 – an important first step in increasing the number of qualified, registered nurses in America.  The more than two million nurses who make up the membership of the various ANSR organizations represent a rich diversity of skills and experience that make the Alliance a leading advocate for nurses in the United States.

The undersigned organizations of the ANSR Alliance urge you to stay with the Senate mark of $155.6 million for nursing workforce development programs as you move forward with the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations legislation, an amount which is $5.6 million over the House passed version.  During the appropriations process ANSR originally recommended that Congress increase the total Title VIII nursing workforce program line to $210 million in order to help counter the devastating effects of the national nursing and nursing faculty shortage.  We understand the enormous fiscal restraints and complications facing the nation today and thank the Senate for providing at least a modest increase for the nursing workforce development programs.   

The ANSR Alliance looks forward to continuing to work with you and your colleagues to ensure an adequate and highly skilled nursing workforce, a need that has most recently been reinforced in light of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the resulting health crisis.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the organizations listed below.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

American College of Nurse-Midwives
American College of Nurse Practitioners
American Nephrology Nurses' Association
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Emergency Nurses Association
Infusion Nurses Society
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
National Association of Nurse Message Therapists
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners
National League for Nursing
National Nursing Centers Consortium
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
National Student Nurses Association
Oncology Nursing Society
Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses      

cc:  Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education