Today, we are excited to celebrate the start of National Nurses Week. Nurses are at the center of the American health system. And they do it all, from delivering preventive care to our children to helping seniors manage chronic disease.
Thanks to the President’s new health care law, there will be significantly more nurses to help make our health care system stronger. The Obama Administration is committed to educating new nurses, improving the training of today’s nurses, and placing nurses in the parts of the country where they are needed most.
The new law and the Obama Administration are investing in education and training opportunities for nurses. According to a new report we released today:
- 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.
To kick off National Nurses Week and discuss what the health law means for nurses, we’ll be hosting a session of Office Hours on Monday, May 7th at 3:30pm EST with Mary Wakefield, a Registered Nurse and Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, which runs many of the programs that help train and support nurses.
Here’s how White House Office Hours work:
- Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
- Follow the Q&A live through the @WHLive Twitter account
- If you miss the live session, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse
We hope you’ll join us!