2006 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Callahan
Co-Patron(s): Albo, Amundson, Bulova, Eisenberg, Englin, Hugo, Plum, Rust, Scott, J.M., Shannon
SCHEV Nursing Initiative

Item 145 #1h

Item 145 #1h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Education: Higher Education
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia FY2007 $16,000,000 FY2008 $30,200,000 GF
FY2007 $41,300,000 FY2008 $44,610,000 NGF

Page 148, line 5, strike "$11,350,431" and insert "$68,650,431".
Page 148, line 5, strike "$11,365,876" and insert "$86,175,876".
Page 150, strike lines 40 through 51 and insert:
I. The State Council of Higher Education, in consultation the Healthcare Workforce Task Force described herein, shall develop and recommend criteria for awarding additional state funds via a competitive grant process to innovative regional public-private sector partnerships that seek

to maximize the number of newly

licensed nurses and increase the supply of graduate nursing faculty. The Healthcare Workforce Task Force will develop criteria for the grant award process, identify aggressive attainment goals, establish mechanisms to monitor results and recommend program scope for the Council and policy makers to consider. The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources and will also include two members of the Senate appointed by the President pro tempore and three members of the House of Delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House. In addition to these seven policy makers, the Task Force will include six individuals appointed by the co-chairs with experience and knowledge of nursing and other allied health professional supply, training and practice issues as follows:  two higher education leaders, two business leaders and two hospital or health system executives.  The criteria developed by the Task Force for reviewing potential grant applications will reward  a)

regions that demonstrate partnerships between education institutions and healthcare employers for addressing the registered nursing shortage; b) applicants that document past, current and new matching private funds applied toward registered nurse education (to leverage potential public funds); c) innovative and cost-effective plans that expand the output of registered nurses (e.g., standardized curricula, improved retention rates and improved pass rates on licensure exams); and d) partnerships that demonstrate a desire and capability to be held accountable for results.

The Council and Healthcare Workforce Task Force shall submit a

report on the healthcare workforce competitive grant program scope, criteria and structure

to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by September 1, 2006

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)