By the Numbers: 3,000

Ed. note: Today at 3:30 pm EDT, Mary Wakefield, a Registered Nurse and Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, will host a session of Office Hours on Twitter to kick off National Nurses Week and discuss what the health law means for nurses. Find out how you can get involved here.

Thanks to the President’s new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, there will be significantly more nurses to help make our health care system stronger. One place where we’re already seeing more nursing positions added is in community health centers, which provide low-cost care to more than 20 million people across the country, many of whom do not have health insurance or live in communities with little access to other sources of quality health care. These centers have added about 3,000 jobs for nurses since the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand the community health center program began in 2009.

A new report released today, the beginning of National Nurses Week, shows some of the other ways the new law is helping invest in education and training opportunities for nurses:

  • 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.

Download the new report to find out more about the Obama Administration’s record on supporting the nursing workforce

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