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Iowa initiative to bolster nurse shortage.

On April 21, 2010, Iowa Governor Chet Culver (D) signed a bill--SB 2384--establishing the "Iowa Needs Nurses Now" initiative, which will track the industry's workforce data and disperse private, federal, or future state-allocated dollars into programs that provide incentives for nurses to work in Iowa. The law will help boost a nursing workforce that faces a shortfall. "Nurses are the backbone of our health care delivery system," Culver said. "This sets up a structure to build a work force and understand the nursing workforce needs."

Some of the major provisions include:

* calling for the creation of a nursing work force data clearinghouse

* supporting and creating incentives for nurses in Iowa, including medical training matching grants programs, provider recruitment, and retention initiatives

* directing the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to establish a nurse educator incentive payment program, nursing faculty fellowship program, nurse educator scholarship program, and nurse educator scholarship-in-exchange-for-service program

Iowa officials said the initiative will give the state better access to federal and private funds as well as encourage future legislative sessions to pump money into nurse recruiting and retention programs.
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Publication:Nursing Education Policy Newsletter
Date:May 1, 2010
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