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The Nursing Community Coalition
The WOCN Society is a member of the Nursing Community Coalition which consists of 58 national nursing organizations committed to improving the health and health care of our nation by collaborating to support Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Collectively, the NC represents over one million RNs, APRNs, nurse researchers, nurse faculty, and nursing students. In the past quarter the Nursing Community has provided comments and updates on several issues.
H.R. 728 would reauthorize the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et. seq]) through Fiscal Year 2024. Title VIII Reauthorization is supported by all 62 members of the NCC and remains our number one priority this Congress.
Bustos Amendment #257 would recognize nurses who served as members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II and provide them with honorable discharges, medal privileges, and burial benefits for cemeteries administered under the Department of Veterans Affairs.
H.R. 2740, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020, increases investments in nursing education and research. H.R. 2740 would appropriate $279.472 million for existing Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and new grant opportunities and allocate $170.958 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).
All 62 members of the Nursing Community Coalition sent a letter thanking Senators Merkley and Burr for introducing S. 1399, Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019. We look forward to working with the Senate to pass this vital legislation.
Fifty-nine organizations signed on to written testimony submitted to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The testimony featured the coalition's funding requests of $266 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $173 million for the National Institute for Nursing Research for Fiscal Year 2020.
This legislation recognizes nurses who served as members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II and provides them with honorable discharges, medal privileges, and veteran burial benefits.