Since its introduction, NACNS has been urging Congress to make the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959) a priority. H.R. 959 seeks to reauthorize Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) through fiscal year 2022. Title VIII programs support the recruitment, retention and advanced education of skilled nursing professionals. The bill also extends advanced education nursing grants to support CNSs and clinical nurse leaders, defines nurse-managed health clinics, adds CNSs to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice and reauthorizes loan repayments, scholarships and grants for education, practice, quality and retention.
On July 23, 2018, the House passed H.R. 959 which now awaits Senate consideration. There also is a companion bill ─ S.1109 ─ that will come into play. NACNS continues to push for passage of H.R. 959/S. 1109 and has reached out to members to support efforts to get congressional passage by the end of the year.