For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Webber, 518.782.9400, ext. 223
LATHAM, NY, Jan. 22, 2008 — The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) today applauded the inclusion of $2 million in the Executive Budget to allow expansion of nursing education programs in the SUNY and CUNY systems.
“More nurses must be brought into the workforce,” said Tina Gerardi, RN, NYSNA chief executive officer. “Without assistance, New York’s nursing education programs will continue to turn away applicants while the demand for registered nurses is increasing.” NYSNA plans to advocate for additional funds for SUNY and CUNY nursing programs.
The Nurses Association promised to monitor Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s proposal to adjust the Medicaid reimbursement rate in favor of preventive and primary care. “It’s uncertain whether rate adjustments actually will result in fewer hospital admissions,” Gerardi said. “Lower reimbursements for hospitals often result in staff cutbacks and a drop in the quality of patient care.”
Other budget highlights for nurses and their patients:
With more than 36,000 members, the New York State Nurses Association is the nation's oldest and largest state nurses’ association. NYSNA fosters high standards of nursing education, research, and practice; engages in legislative activity; and provides collective bargaining services to registered nurses. Its mission is to advance the profession of nursing and protect the public's health.