Texas A&M College of Nursing Testifies Before Congress on Innovation in Academic Nursing
Monday, November 18, 2019
Posted by: Erin Cusack
On Nov. 13, Dean and Professor of Texas A&M College of Nursing, Nancy Fahrenwald, testified before the Congressional House Committee on Small Business on the role of innovation in academic nursing.
“Thank you, Chairwoman Velázquez, Ranking Member Chabot, and members of the Committee for the opportunity to provide testimony on how we, in academic nursing, are re-envisioning the education of the next generation of nurses and nursing leaders to thrive in an ever-changing health care system,” Fahrenwald began her testimony.
In her testimony, Fahrenwald talked about the many ways Texas A&M is using innovative technologies – including state-of the art simulation centers, 3-D printers, and augmented and virtual reality – to enhance the nursing curriculum and better prepare tomorrow’s practitioners and caregivers.
Not only are these technologies enhancing the student experience, but they also enable programs like Texas A&M College of Nursing to respond to the demand for highly educated nurses and nursing shortages across the country. In Texas alone, Fahrenwald said reports show there will be a 20% deficit of full-time RNs and a 25% shortage of nurse practitioners by 2030, equivalent to almost 60,000 professional nurses and over 6,000 nurse practitioners.
One way the federal government is helping to support workforce development and nursing education is through the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs. In her testimony, Fahrenwald commended the House for passing H.R. 728, Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act, ensuring these programs continue to provide much needed federal support to nursing education and practice throughout the country.
“In that same light, we urge Congress to continue to increase funding for these vital nursing education programs through the annual appropriations process.” “Reauthorization, and continued funding, of Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, will ensure that nursing education, and the nursing workforce, continues to maximize new technologies, integrate health care innovation, and prepare for the ever-changing needs of our patients.”
Watch the full testimony.