For Immediate Release: February 15, 2018
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Reducing Title VIII funding and research by 64 percent threatens healthcare providers already facing shortages
Park Ridge, Illinois—In response to the release of President Donald Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has grave concerns about its potential far-reaching impact on the nation’s nursing workforce.
The president’s budget proposes significantly cutting the federal healthcare workforce and research programs under Title VIII of the Nurse Workforce Development Program, from $229 million to just $83 million, a decrease of 64 percent.
“For more than 50 years, the programs supported under Title VIII have helped to build the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation’s healthcare needs. Title VIII funding has also been critical to educating and training Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who deliver more than 43 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, especially those living in rural and other medically underserved areas,” said AANA President Bruce Weiner, DNP, MSNA, CRNA.
“Nurses supported through Title VIII programs go on to provide high-quality, evidence-based healthcare to patients in a variety of settings including hospitals, surgery centers, physicians’ office, long-term care facilities, community centers, state and local health departments, schools, workplaces, patients’ homes, and more. It is imperative that these programs continue to thrive and provide support for institutions that educate and train our future nursing workforce to meet our nation’s growing demand for healthcare services,” Weiner said.
The AANA is also concerned about the addendum to the president’s budget which recommends cutting the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) by approximately $3 million, a decrease of 2 percent.
“While the AANA is pleased to see that the president’s proposed budget includes increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, we are concerned about the proposed cuts to NINR,” Weiner said. “Nursing science is critical to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities. Many of the findings from nursing science can be put directly into practice, changing lives and promoting wellness.”