Economic Stimulus Addresses Nursing Shortage

Reportedly, President Obama was shocked to learn that one of the barriers for delivering quality healthcare in the U.S.A. is the shortage of trained nurses.  Lawmakers agreed that meaningful healthcare reform must address ways to solve the nursing shortage.  The economic stimulus bill includes $500 million to address the shortages of health care workers.  About $100 million of this will be targeting the nursing shortage.  One of the issues is not just the shortage of nurses for jobs a hospitals and nursing homes, but the shortage of nursing faculty to teach at college programs.

If you are considering a career in nursing, considering obtaining more education as a Certified Nursing Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse or Registerd Nurse, contact nursing programs in your area to find out if scholarship or grant programs are available.  Many community colleges will assist you in obtaining reimbursement for your education through employment at local hospitals who will agree to pay for your tuition as long as you agree to work for them for a certain amount of time. 

If you are a senior caregiver, you may want to explore becoming a Certified Nursing Aide, especially if you are able to have a community program foot the bill for your tuition.  Your additional caregiver training will assist you to be at the top of the list for job applications and receive higher pay.

 

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  • I recently relocated to Atlanta and looking to be cetified in the state of georgia. I was certified in South Carolina but my certified expired and I never got it renew. Would I have to take the whole course over again?

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