The American Staffing Association is urging support for the Emergency Nurse Supply Relief Act (H.R. 2536) introduced by Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI. The ASA says, “This is not just about nurse staffing, it is about quality health care.” The ASA cites statistics from federal health authorities: 56% of the U.S. nurse work force is 45 years of age or older and three million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2020 to address the shortage.

The legislation would provide up to 20,000 visas per year over a three year period for nurses and physical therapists. The legislation includes a $1,500 filing fee per visa, which would be used to fund U.S. nursing schools.

The ASA joins us in asking that you contact your local member of the House of Representatives.