Rosen Recently Introduced Bipartisan Bill To Increase Nursing Faculty And Pathways To Become A Registered Nurse At Colleges Across Nevada
RENO, NV – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) toured Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno to discuss her work to tackle the nursing shortage in Nevada. Last year, she secured $2 million to support the growth of the nursing program as it expands to meet the demand for nurses. She also recently introduced the bipartisan Train More Nurses Act to help address the nursing shortage. On this tour, Senator Rosen met with Truckee Meadows Community College nursing faculty and administrators, including Dr. Jody Covert, Director of Nursing and Nursing Professor.
Senator Rosen has been leading efforts to address Nevada’s health care professional shortage and improve medical care access in the state. She has introduced a package of bipartisan bills to tackle this health care professional shortage in Nevada and across the nation. Senator Rosen’s Maximizing Outcomes Through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment for (MOBILE) Health Care Act was signed into law in December, and allows community health centers to use federal funds to establish new, mobile health care units to increase access to health care services in rural and underserved communities.
Anchor: “According to UNR’s Health Workforce Research Center, it would take an additional 4,000 registered nurses to catch up to the national average of nurses per patient. Today, Senator Jacky Rosen toured the nursing facilities at TMCC Redfield to discuss her bipartisan efforts to tackle the shortage, and she talked about her recently introduced bill, the Train More Nurses Act.”
Anchor: “Today, Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen met with nursing students in Northern Nevada. Senator Rosen visited the TMCC Pennington Health Science Center at the Redfield campus in south Reno. And she spoke about a bill she’s introduced to address the nursing shortage in the Silver State.”
Rosen: “This Train More Nurses Act, what it’s going to do, is now help us to train that faculty that will train the next generation of nurses.”
Reporter: “Senator Jacky Rosen introduced legislation aimed at amping up resources for medical professionals. Rosen also toured the William N. Pennington Health Science Center at Truckee Meadows Community College on Wednesday.”
Senator Rosen: “Nevada has such a nursing shortage. We are one of the top states that don’t have enough nurses. It’s critical that we do this.”
Reporter: “The Train More Nurses Act will find more ways to increase faculty at nursing schools, particularly in underserved areas. It will also increase pathways for licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses. Faculty at TMCC say one of the reasons Nevada is facing a nursing crisis is because recruiting nursing faculty is becoming increasingly difficult. Even with the cost of living going up, nursing faculty say wages are still not comparable to the private sector.”