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  • DRUG SHORTAGES
  • HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS
  • NURSING SHORTAGE
Winning Issue » NURSING SHORTAGE


The first of nearly 80 million baby boomers recently entered our Medicare system, bringing their health problems and high healthcare expectations with them. Fully implemented, the Affordable Care Act will also bring nearly 30 million more Americans into our healthcare system. For some time, there has been a shortage of professional nurses to staff hospitals and retirement facilities, as well as for those needed in private practice. It is estimated that 450,000 new nurses will be needed in the next few years to meet this demand. Older people require considerably more healthcare services than the young, making the current nursing shortage a dire situation. The reasons for this shortage include an aging nurse population and not enough young recruits. The median age of our nurse population is 46 and more than half are close to retirement. More of a problem, advocates say, is the lack of nurse educators. Often, nurses do not begin teaching until they are in their 50s, after finishing their nursing careers. Their pay is relatively low and most don’t teach for long. These short academic careers are causing havoc with our health care system. Due to a lack of faculty, more than 75,000 qualified nursing applicants were turned away from nursing schools in 2012. Colleges say that searches for nursing school deans can take years. The nurses working in today’s hospitals are short-staffed, extremely overworked and many report they are dissatisfied with their job. It is not uncommon for nurses to be “asked” to work 12-hour shifts, sometimes longer. The shortage of nurses is causing some emergency rooms to redirect patients to more distant hospitals. Healthcare advocates claim these conditions result in longer waiting times for treatment, more mistakes by health care providers and more patient deaths. Studies have shown that nurse shortages contribute to nearly a quarter of all unexpected problems that result in death or injury to hospital patients each year.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.977 - Making the Education of Nurses Dependable for Schools Act
H.R.2083 - Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose forming current nursing shortage policy and wish to defeat H.R.977 - Making the Education of Nurses Dependable for Schools Act and H.R.2083 - Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support ensuring hospital-based nursing schools maintain payments under the Medicare program to continue training the future nursing workforce and provide communities with high-quality care, and wish to pass H.R.977 - Making the Education of Nurses Dependable for Schools Act and H.R.2083 - Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Arron Schock (IL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support requiring each Medicare participating hospital to implement a hospital-wide staffing plan for nursing services furnished in the hospital; requiring an appropriate number of registered nurses provide direct patient care in each unit and on each shift of the hospital to ensure staffing levels that: (1) address the unique characteristics of the patients and hospital units; and (2) result in the delivery of safe, quality patient care consistent with specified requirements; specifying civil monetary and other penalties for violation of the requirements of this Act; setting forth whistleblower protections against discrimination and retaliation involving patients or employees of the hospital for their grievances, complaints, or involvement in investigations relating to such plan, and wish to pass H.R.2083 - Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Lois Capps (CA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support ensuring hospital-based nursing schools maintain payments under the Medicare program to continue training the future nursing workforce and provide communities with high-quality care, and wish to pass H.R.977 - Making the Education of Nurses Dependable for Schools Act and H.R.2083 - Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Arron Schock (IL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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