The American Nurses Association is calling on Congress to increase federal funding by 12% to bolster programs to educate, recruit, and retain registered nurses.
Pamela F. Cipriano, RN
President of the ANA
A graying demographic is expected to need more healthcare services. Americans, including nurses, are getting older. ANA estimates that more than 40% of nurses are over age 50, the average age for a clinically practicing nurse is about 45, and 72% of nurse faculty are age 50 or older.
ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, RN, says additional funding for the Nurse Training Act (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act), which would total about $250 million in 2015, is needed to ensure that the nation's nursing schools can continue to produce the estimated 1.1 million new registered nurses the Bureau of Labor Statistics says is needed by 2022 to replace a retiring generation of Baby Boomers.
"This has been a pretty confusing time for anyone trying to estimate labor force needs," Cipriano says. "What we have seen since the recession in 2008 is that people held on to their jobs. At the same time, nurses were experiencing a downturn in retirement funding, so many continued to work, both in the clinical and academic settings."