Oaks Calls for Passage of Legislation to Solve New York’s Nursing Shortage Crisis

May 13, 2008

Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon) joined his colleagues in the Assembly Minority Conference in support of legislation designed to address the nursing shortage New York is currently facing. The legislation contains loan forgiveness as well as a nursing recruitment incentive and retention program.

“We are in the middle of a nursing shortage crisis and this package of legislation is designed to help New York solve this problem.”

“Nurses are the frontline of quality health care. We need to make sure we are training the nurses of tomorrow, right now. According to the Healthcare Association of New York State, 8.8 percent of registered nurse positions were vacant in 2007. At the same time, New York’s nursing schools are forced to turn away nearly 4,000 applicants each year, many who are qualified and eager to serve as nurses but are not accepted due to capacity limitations.’

“I hope other members of the Legislature will join me in support of this legislation aimed to stem the nursing shortage crisis in New York State.”