ICYMI: In Las Vegas, Senator Rosen Highlights Her Bipartisan Legislation to Tackle Nursing Shortage

LAS VEGAS, NV – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) toured the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Nursing with faculty and nursing staff to discuss her work to address the nursing shortage in Nevada. To help address this shortage, the U.S. Senate recently passed Senator Rosen’s bipartisan Train More Nurses Act. As a part of this year’s bipartisan government funding package, she helped secure $400,000 for updated training equipment at UNLV to better prepare the next generation of nurses and help improve patient outcomes.

Las Vegas Sun: Rosen champions Train More Nurses Act at UNLV Simulation Center

By Katie Ann McCarver

Key Points: 

  • UNLV nursing students dressed in bright red scrubs were hard at work Thursday at the university’s Clinical Simulation Center, where aspiring nurses can participate in real-life scenarios by treating mannequin patients.
  • U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., observed the students acting out the simulation, conversing with UNLV officials about the technology behind the simulation, the training process overall and recalling her own experience as a mother in the delivery room.
  • The simulation was just one stop on Rosen’s tour of the center, which she visited Thursday to promote the Train More Nurses Act, legislation that she and her colleagues initially introduced last year and was unanimously passed by the Senate in January.The bill, in addition to $400,000 that Rosen helped secure in the bipartisan government funding package for updating UNLV training equipment, will provide a variety of grant opportunities.
  • A large portion of nursing educators are baby boomers and will retire soon, so there’s an impending need for more of them, said Lisa Nicholas, assistant professor and simulation education director in UNLV’s School of Nursing.
  • Imelda Reyes, interim dean of the UNLV School of Nursing, added that the bill would allow her department to provide the state of Nevada with a “really strong workforce.” She noted that every semester the program is graduating more students, and 90% of them stay in-state for work.

KSNV Las Vegas: Rosen tours UNLV nursing college, highlights Train More Nurses Act

Host:U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen from Las Vegas stopped by UNLV’s nursing school to highlight her efforts to train more nurses. Her bipartisan Train More Nurses Act was recently passed in the U.S. Senate. It has moved on to the House, but they haven’t voted on it yet. It directs the Health and Human Services secretary to add more teachers at nursing schools, especially in underserved areas. Southern Nevada [is] suffering a shortage of trained nurses, and Senator Rosen says they are vital to our health care.”

KLAS Las Vegas: Rosen tours UNLV nursing college, highlights Train More Nurses Act

Anchor: A bill Nevada Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen sponsored to combat our national nursing shortage passed unanimously in Congress. Today, Rosen toured a facility at UNLV School of Nursing, helping the roughly 700 students tackle issues head on. They use these mannequins that can move and talk, creating simulations for future nurses. Rosen’s bill creates more pathways to train more nurses. Our state currently is 4,000 nurses short.”