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HHS Launches $200M APRN Training Demo

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 31, 2012

It is hoped that the program will relieve some of the barriers experienced by hospitals and colleges in providing APRN training. Last year nursing schools were forced to turn away more than 14,000 qualified APRN applicants, according to Polly Bednash, PhD and RN, CEO and executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, who attended the program announcement.

The primary reasons were the lack of clinical sites and budget cuts, explained Bednash, who added that the demonstration program addresses those specific concerns.

Sebelius noted that the program is the latest in about $1 billion in funding that the Obama administration has earmarked for nurse training, education, and job placement.

Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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