Letter from ANNA to Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, thanking him for the “Troops to Nurse Teachers Program” amendment to the Senate FY 2007 Defense Authorization bill

July 24, 2006

The Honorable Richard Durbin

Senate Minority Whip

United States Senate

332 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Durbin:

I am writing on behalf of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) to thank you for offering your "Troops to Nurse Teachers Program" amendment to the Senate FY 2007 Defense Authorization bill. ANNA is a professional nursing organization of more than 12,000 registered nurses and other health care professionals that exists to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.

ANNA sees the Troops to Nurse Teachers Program as a progressive and cost‑effective strategy for helping to relieve the critical nursing shortage. Nurses are central to the delivery of health care at the most susceptible moments in our servicemen's and women's healthcare experiences. Recently, as you know, the Armed Forces have not been able to meet their nurse recruitment goals, even when offering nurses incentives to join the military. The Troops to Nurse Teachers Program would help to sustain and strengthen our nation's nursing workforce which provides quality care to the members of our Armed Forces.

Again, we thank you for offering this amendment and congratulate you on its passage. We look forward to working with you to secure its inclusion in the final conference report. Should you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance to you or your staff on this or other kidney disease or nursing related matters, please do not hesitate to contact us or our Washington DC Health Policy Associates, Christine Murphy (202‑230‑5159, cmurphy@gcd.com) and Jim Twaddell (202‑230­5130, jtwaddell@gcd.com).

Sincerely,

JoAnne Gilmore, BSN, RN, CNN

President