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National Nurses Week

Nurses Leading the Way in Primary Care

Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. They champion and promote the health of our nation.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the Birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is widely recognized as the founder of modern nursing.

This year we recognize nurses as healthcare leaders and trusted advisers on health issues, thank nurses for their critical role in implementing the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid expansion, and look ahead to how nurses will continue to improve patient outcomes in the ever-evolving field of primary care.

Nurses Leading the Way in Primary Care. Millions of Americans get affordable health care and other help from nurses supported by Health Resources and Services Administration grants that help defray the costs of caring for underserved, uninsured people. . At Work More than 17,800 nurses work in HRSA-supported health centers, which care for more than 21 million patients each year – more than half of them at or below the poverty level at 9,000 sites nationwide. Since the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand the health center program began in 2009, health centers have hired more 4,500 additional nursing staff including nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and nurses.. • 4,600 nurse practitioners • 553 certified nurse midwives. More than 3,680 National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps nurses providing care now • 1,889 nurse practitioners • 164 certified nurse midwives • 1,475 registered nurses • 898 nursing students With scholarships in return for service after graduation • 579 nurse faculty receiving 85 percent loan repayment • 284 universities Offering low-interest nursing student loans to financially needy students • 26 schools of nursing • Innovating and improving quality through technology and interprofessional learning models in advanced nursing education. National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps supporting the Next Generation of Nurses and Faculty Training Them • 771 Nursing Students in the Pipeline• 467 Nurse FacultyDuring the 2012-2013 academic year:• Advanced Nursing Education Program trained 10,600 nursing students and produced 1,865 graduates • Advanced Nursing Education Expansion Program provided financial support to 381 primary care Nurse Practitioner students and produced 148 graduates • Advanced Education in Nursing Traineeship and Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship programs provided direct financial support to more than 5,500 advanced nursing students and produced 1,708 graduates• Nursing Workforce Diversity Program grantees trained more than 5,050 nursing students and produced 1,234 graduates• More than 2,250 nurses training to become nursing faculty received support from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program and 336 students graduated prepared to assume roles as nurse educators• 30 nurse-managed health clinics trained more than 2,200 students
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