Letter from ANNA and other nursing organizations to Senator Durbin thanking him for proposing the Troops to Nurse Teachers (TNT) Act of 2008

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March 4, 2008

The Honorable Richard J. Durbin
U.S. Senate
309 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Durbin:

We, the undersigned organizations, would like to thank you for proposing the Troops to Nurse Teachers (TNT) Act of 2008. By leading the charge to increase the number of nurse faculty, you have demonstrated a clear commitment to the nursing profession, as well as our nation’s military and civilian healthcare delivery system.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that more than 1.2 million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2014. Complicating the crisis further is the fact that nursing schools are struggling to expand student capacity, which has inhibited the growth of the nursing workforce. Over the last ten years, the nursing shortage has become more apparent due to the intensified constraints on nursing education programs. In 2007, U.S. nursing schools turned away tens of thousands of qualified applicants primarily due to an insufficient number of faculty.

The TNT program would address the nurse faculty shortage by developing partnerships between the military and civilian schools of nursing in which Nurse Corps Officers from specific stages of their career would serve as nurse educators. Therefore, this program would provide a much needed increase to the nurse faculty population and in turn, help develop the pool of future civilian and military nurses. We appreciate your recognition that the nurse faculty shortage places a significant strain on the ability to adequately develop the nursing workforce and commend your efforts to address this crisis.

Sincerely,

American Academy of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American College of Nurse Practitioners
American Nephrology Nurses' Association
American Nurses Association
American Organization of Nurse Executives
American Radiological Nurses Association
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Dermatology Nurses’ Association
Emergency Nurses Association
Infusion Nurses Society
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National Gerontological Nursing Association
National League for Nursing
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Oncology Nursing Society
Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates
Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society