67th Girls Nation Congress
To increase the number of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) to improve the quality of care provided to our Veterans, military service members, and families.
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Tennant and Quinones of West Virginia introduce the following bill; which was referred to Committee .
BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION ASSEMBLED.
SECTION 1. TITLE
This act may be cited as the "Educate Nurses: Heal Veterans Act".
SECTION 2. PURPOSE
The "Educate Nurses: Heal Veterans" Act will provide financial assistance in educating America's current and future psychiatric nurses to care for our nation's Veterans facing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression and other clinical issues.
SECTION 3. DEFINITIONS
An Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse is a registered professional nurse with a Master's Degree in Nursing with certification in psychiatric and mental health issues. PMHNP can diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications with, or in some states without, physician collaboration in a variety of settings.
SECTION 4. EDUCATE NURSES: HEAL VETERANS
The Educate Nurses: Heal Veterans Act entails that:
(A) The federal government will provide financial assistance/scholarships for two
years of graduate school for registered professional nurses who wish to
specialize in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
(1) Scholarships will fund tuition for two years of graduate education at a
approved Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing
Practice (DNP) advanced nursing education program.
(2) After successful completion of the above, the PMHNP will obtain
employment for a minimum of two years in an outpatient or inpatient
health care setting that provides health care for Veterans, service
members and their families.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be effective for all registered professional nurses on or before August 1, 2014.
"I couldn't believe I was chosen for a national award. The scholarship has helped me a lot with my college expenses..."
- Dereck Neben, Children of Warriors Scholarship Recipient