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MPI’s Patty Jeffrey Travels to Capitol Hill in Support of HWRA 2023

MPI’s Patty Jeffrey Travels to Capitol Hill in Support of HWRA 2023

MedPro International Executive Vice President Patty Jeffrey, RN, and members of the AAIHR recently visited Capitol Hill to discuss the current nursing workforce shortage and how legislation could provide much-needed help to hospitals nationwide.

Reports by McKinsey & Company estimate the country’s care gap could reach 450,000 in the next few years if immediate action is not taken. Jeffrey and other AAIHR Board members stopped by several congressional offices in Washington, D.C., to provide insight into the factors driving the workforce shortage and why it’s imperative to pass the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act of 2023.

 

Healthcare Crisis

“The U.S. nursing workforce is in crisis,” said Jeffrey. “Several factors are driving this shortage, but HWRA 2023 would provide some much-needed relief by allowing qualified foreign-educated nurses to work in the U.S. and by contributing educational funding for our domestic nurses.”

MPI Exec. VP and AAIHR President and Regulatory Committee Patty Jeffrey, RN, poses with Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and members of the AAIHR.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, more than 90 thousand qualified applicants were turned away from nursing schools in 2021 due to a lack of faculty. This shortage of incoming talent combined with an aging nurse workforce, an aging U.S. population, and the expansion of healthcare coverage by the Affordable Care Act is leaving hospitals throughout the country understaffed and threatening the quality of patient care.

HWRA 2023 seeks to allow 25,000 RNs and 15,000 MDs per year to enter the U.S. by recapturing unused visas previously authorized by Congress. Additionally, HWRA 2023 would boost the domestic supply of nurses by implementing a fee paid by the U.S. employer (expected to generate $350 million over five years) to create a fund to be used directly by U.S. hospitals, health systems, and nursing schools to increase domestic numbers.

 

Bipartisan Support

HWRA was introduced into Congress during the 2021-22 term and received outstanding bipartisan support, with 26 Senators and 70 Representatives co-sponsoring the legislation. Jeffrey and members of the AAIHR met with Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) to give their perspectives on the crisis and why the passage of HWRA 2023 is vital. They also visited the offices of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Susan Collins (R-MA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (NC), Roger Wicker (MS), Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL).

“We appreciated The opportunity to speak with the congressional members and their offices on this vital issue. Recognition of the problem and the will to address it is bipartisan, and we’re hopeful we can move HWRA 2023 forward to help staff hospitals and maintain quality of care in the U.S.,” said Jeffrey.

MPI Exec. VP and AAIHR President and Regulatory Committee Chair Patty Jeffrey, RN, poses with AAIHR Director Lesley Hamilton-Powers, RN, Treasurer Tom Herbot, and Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) staff.

Many sectors of the healthcare community are speaking out on the workforce shortage and in favor of HWRA, including a recent op-ed by Yale Institute for Global Health Director Saad B. Omer in the Los Angeles Times.

According to the AAIHR, foreign-educated registered nurses have worked in the U.S. for more than 70 years and make up approximately 6 percent of the nursing workforce. These nurses and other healthcare professionals come from the Philippines, India, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and other countries for the opportunity to advance their education and careers and earn more money.

Jeffrey and the AAIHR will continue to meet with congressional leaders in hopes of passing legislation to bring some much-needed relief.

 

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