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AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION ASKS CONGRESS FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR NURSING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

 AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION ASKS CONGRESS FOR INCREASED
 FUNDING FOR NURSING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
 WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, April 28, Debra Browning, MSN, CFNP, representing the American Nurses Association (ANA), will testify before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, urging Congress to increase appropriation levels for the Nurse Education Act and for the National Center for Nursing Research. Browning will also represent the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the Association of Operating Room Nurses and the Emergency Nurses Association with her testimony.
 As a family nurse practitioner at the Frontier Nursing Service and a member of the faculty of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Ky., Browning describes the dramatic changes in the nation's health care delivery system that she has witnessed through her 5,000 patient visits per year. "I have noticed a new breed of client appearing in our clinic recently. Many of our patients are now people who have lost their jobs and health insurance and have no other source of health care."
 Emphasizing that America's 2 million nurses are the backbone of the health delivery system, Browning states, "It is nurses who comprise the largest group of health care providers in the nation's hospitals and provide services in public health clinics and in rural and undeserved areas." Pointing to the continuing shortage of professional nurses, Browning continues, "Unless we increase the nursing supply in proportion to the projected demand for nursing care in the next decade, the health and well-being of many of our citizens, especially the elderly and vulnerable, are at great risk."
 Using the last year for which numbers were available, Browning states that about 160,000 registered nurse positions were unfilled in 1989. "It is projected that by the year 2000, the supply will have to increase by 60 percent to meet the expected need of 400,000 critical care nurses."
 Browning also recommends that funding for nursing research be increased. "In addition to continuing efforts in the current priority areas of low birth weight, HIV infection, long-term care requirements for the elderly, symptom management with particular emphasis on acute pain in vulnerable populations, and women's health issues, new initiatives include health promotion among adolescents and clinical trials that focus on quality of care in nursing homes."
 The hearing will begin at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, April 28, in Room 2358 of the Rayburn House Office Building, South Capitol Street and Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, and will be chaired by Rep. William Natcher (D-Ky.).
 The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2 million registered nurses through its 53 constituent associations. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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 /CONTACT: Cindy Yeast of the American Nurses Association, 202-554-4444, Ext. 243./ CO: American Nurses Association ST: District of Columbia IN: HEA SU: LEG


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