Pictured: Congressman Wolf
"According to the Bureau of Health Professions Division of Nursing, of the states that experienced proportional declines in RNs between 1996 and 2000, Virginia ranked among a handful of states that lost the greatest number of nurses. I recently cosponsored H.R. 4903, the National Nurse Act, which would create an Office of the National Nurse, because I believe it will help improve preventative care through public awareness campaigns and encourage individuals to pursue and remain in nursing careers.
Locally, I have supported a number of initiatives to address the nursing shortage. I joined with my colleagues in supporting training programs that involve the community colleges in our area to educate, train and certify individuals in order to increase the pool of qualified registered nurses, practical nurses, and nursing assistants. Additionally, I have worked with Congressmen Tom Davis and Jim Moran to provide funding for the Claude Moore Health Education Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The center is a partnership with George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College and other area universities and colleges to train undergraduate and graduate nursing students, therapists, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals."
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, September 26, 2006