McCain, Obama support plans to address nurse shortage

09/23/2008 |

Presidential candidates Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., both support initiatives to increase the number of new nurses entering the field and to retain veteran nurses who might otherwise leave the profession, according to responses to questions about their health care platforms from NurseWeek/Nursing Spectrum. Obama supports minimum nursing staff ratios and overtime limits, reauthorizing Title VIII training programs, expanding health system redesign and adoption of health IT. McCain supports incentives to encourage more internship opportunities, as well as public and private sector scholarship and loan repayment programs, and funding for programs such as the National Health Service Corps and HRSA Health Professions.

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