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NAPNAP Responds to President's Budget Request

As the national association representing more than 8,500 pediatric nurse practitioners and fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses committed to providing optimal health care to children, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is extremely concerned by provisions of President Donald Trump’s initial fiscal year 2018 budget request, including a proposed reduction of $403 million cut in funding for nursing and health professional education programs. While we share the administration’s priority to ensure that the federal government makes prudent use of taxpayer dollars, we are concerned by the budget’s implication that nursing education programs — which have been significantly underfunded in recent years — lack the evidence that they significantly improve the nation’s health workforce. We are eager to work with the administration and Congress to validate the important role these programs play in addressing the nation’s shortage of healthcare providers and ensuring that they are adequately funded.