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Nursing Education and Practice

Increase Funding for Nursing Education and Training

ENA urges Congress to increase its investment to alleviate the growing nursing shortage that is impacting every aspect of the U.S. health care system and negatively affecting patient care.

ENA will support legislation that reauthorizes and funds the Nursing Workforce Development programs under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. The Title VIII programs provide the main federal funding for nursing education, practice and retention.

Protect and Recognize Emergency Nursing Scope of Practice

ENA will support public policies that remove restriction on the role and scope of practice of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in appropriate health care settings.

ENA will support legislation that allows APRNs to practice autonomously and independently prescribe medication and oppose restrictions on the administration of procedural sedation medications by qualified emergency nurses. In addition, ENA will continue to support efforts to allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training in the Veterans Administration’s health care system.