As National Nurses Week kicks off, a new report takes a look at how President Obama and the Affordable Care Act are investing in training opportunities for nurses across the country. According to the White House blog:
The number of National Health Service Corps primary care providers nearly tripled between 2009 and 2011 with support from Affordable Care Act, the Recovery Act and ongoing appropriations, supporting more than 1,900 nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives.
Since the beginning of 2009, community health centers have added about 3,000 nursing positions, including 800 in advanced practice, a 20 percent increase.
The Affordable Care Act’s investment in Nurse Managed Clinics is projected to help train more than 900 nurses by 2013 and serve 94,000 patients.
The Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund is supporting the training of 600 new nurse practitioners and nurse midwives by 2015.
Training and educational support programs reauthorized through the Affordable Care Act are supporting more than 50,000 nurses and students.