Nurse Workforce Development

Support Nurse Workforce Development

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and its more than 13,000 members represent nurses who provide the care you and your loved ones receive in the hospital. As the only national professional organization representing the voice of medical-surgical nursing, our strategic mission for patients and their access to high-quality, affordable health care includes strong support for nurse workforce development.

Patient care is at risk if America does not act to increase its supply of nurses.

  • Patient access to high quality health care in every setting depends on the availability of highly educated registered nurses in all parts of the country.
  • Title 8 is vital to ensuring the quality of care you and your loved ones receive

    Demand for care is likely to continue growing as America’s population continues to age. In addition, people in rural and many urban parts of the country face insufficient access to care.
  • The supply of registered nurses is also aging, meaning that America’s educational system must produce a larger number of nurses to keep up with growing demand.

A significant part of the solution to the need for nurses is Title 8 nurse workforce funding.

  • Programs funded under the federal Public Health Service Act Title 8 (42 USC §§ 296 – 298d) support advanced nursing education, nurse workforce diversity, capacity for basic nursing education and practice, geriatric education, and nursing faculty development. This vital program expired at the end of FY 2016, putting future funding at risk. It must be reauthorized.
  • Congress funded Title 8 for FY 2019 at $249 million, the same as 2018 levels. Citing the expiration of Title 8, the Administration’s 2019 budget requested $0 for Title 8. This vital, valuable program for nurse workforce development represents less than 2.5 percent of all federal funding supporting development of needed health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, and others.


AMSN Request
Reauthorize Title 8 programs by cosponsoring and enacting HR 728 (Joyce-Gabbard et al, no Senate companion). Fully fund Title 8 programs through the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations process.

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October 22-25, 2020

AMSN's 2020 Convention
is Now Fully Virtual!

  • Connect with med-surg nurses from around the world
  • Attend sessions live or on-demand, from any device
  • Earn up to 55 contact hours

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