Mrs. CAPPS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of National Nurses Week.
This week it is important for us to come together and pay special tribute to the women and men who make up the largest segment of our healthcare workforce.
Nurses are truly the backbone of our healthcare system.
They not only work in our hospitals and clinics, but are present in our schools, our workplaces, and in so many facets of our everyday lives.
However, our increasing demand for nurses continues to grow at a rate faster than the current supply can alleviate.
By 2020, the overall need for new nurses is expected to reach a staggering 1.2 million.
For the nursing workforce to meet this demand, we must ensure that federal investment in nursing does not falter.
The Nurse Reinvestment Act, which I authored and was signed into law in 2002, set the framework to do this.
But we all must come together, on both sides of the aisle, to support these crucial programs and to support nursing education and a robust nursing workforce.
I encourage my colleagues and all Americans to take time out this week to thank the nurses in your life and to join me in recognition of these professionals who tirelessly care for the health of ourselves and our loved ones.