Happy Nurses' Day! - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Happy Nurses' Day!

It is National Certified Nurses' Day.

The day was created to celebrate the advancement of nursing professionalism and better outcomes in patient health.

Like most other states, Iowa is expected to have a huge shortage of nurses in the coming years.

President Barack Obama is proposing investing 330-million dollars to address the shortage of health care providers in certain areas.

The budget expands loan repayment programs for physicians, nurses and dentists who agree to practice in medically underserved areas - which is most of rural Iowa.

Funding also would enhance the capacity of nursing schools to increase the number of nurses.

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