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Nursing Shortage in Home Health Care

From Nursezone.com.... studies show that home health is suffering the biggest shortage of nurses right now (duh!) and that by 2016 home health nursing will surpass hospital nursing with the greatest growth in employment for nurses.  Well is this news to anyone in home health???!!! We know that we have the BEST employment opportunities for nurses who can deal with the autonomy and the challenges. 

Home Health Care Nurse Promotion Act of 2009

H.R. 1928 was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WI) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) and is supported by by Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA), Mary Bono-Mack (R-CA) John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Madeleine Bordallo (Guam). If passed, the bill offers home health agencies who serve a disproportionate number of under insured and uninsured,  the opportunity to recruit nurses with expertise in areas such as geriatric care and also offer new nurses student loan forgiveness for committing to work in community-based home health care for 2-3 years. This will help home health agencies improve the quality of care for all patients they serve. 

In an article on Medical News Today, the VNAA was quoted in supporting and applauding this effort. 

Please take time to write your Representative today to support this bill. 

Interesting NY Times Article

Here's something interesting to ponder for the future in home health care.... 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/03/health/03health.html?_r=1

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