Obama Supports the Nursing Profession

 Obama has a long history of supporting the nursing profession. As an Illinois senator he worked on such issues as limiting mandatory overtime for nurses and improving nurse-patient ratios. His commitment to improving health care and addressing issues close to the heart of nurses has won him the endorsement of the American Nurses Association. Obama for Nurses issued this statement as one of many that shows just how Obama plans to improve working conditions for nurses. This will have a direct impact on the delivery of health care.

The nursing workforce shortage ranks as one of the most pressing issues facing our health care system. Nurses play a critical role in every aspect of patient care and also serve as administrators and executives in clinical and policy settings. Yet, too many young adults are choosing not to enter the nursing profession, and a significant number of current nurses are switching careers or retiring early. Barack Obama will improve working conditions including limiting mandatory overtime,improving nurse-to-patient ratios, providing additional support to training and incentive programs, and con tinuing to recognize and support nurses’ right to organize. In addition, Obama supports reauthorization ofTitle VIII training programs with greater financial incentives for students and nurse faculty, including scholarships and loan repayment. Obama also supports adequate funding of the Nurse Reinvestment Act.   

                                        Nurses for ObamaBiden '08      

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