U.S. nurses, nursing schools get federal money, training and training assistance

The federal government will provide financial assistance to more than a dozen nursing and allied health care programs for nurses and allied healthcare workers, as well as other care workers, to help meet projected demand for health care services, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.

The programs, which include training, job placement, nursing home placement and job placement assistance, will begin to roll out starting Oct. 1.

The federal funding for the support will cover more than $300 million for the programs.

Among the most significant programs are the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which will provide job placement and housing assistance to nursing home residents; the National Alliance of Health Care Workers, which includes about 600,000 nursing home caregivers; the American Association of State and Territorial Health Care Officers; the Association of Community Mental Health Administrators; and the American Council on Aging.

The support will also be used to support nursing home care providers, home health aides, health care workers who work at nursing homes and allied medical providers who provide outpatient services.

The assistance will be available to help pay for the costs of care, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

The funds will be distributed to providers at the state level and to all health care providers who work with the care workers.

A federal report last year found that more than one-third of nursing homes had experienced shortages of beds, equipment and staff, which have forced some to close and caused others to suspend operations.