Toscano Proposes To Fix Nursing Shortage

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

September 19, 2005

The nursing shortage is affecting several communities in the United States including Charlottesville. A candidate for the 57th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates is trying to change that.

David Toscano announced a list of proposals this morning outside the University of Virginia School of Nursing to add more nurses in the Commonwealth. Virginia ranks 40th when it comes to having enough nurses per capita. Proposals outlined include cutting the waiting lists for prospective nurses, creating a college loan forgiveness program, and creating a nursing center to give advanced education.

"We can't solve that problem overnight, but if we begin now, we can take concrete steps that will move this Commonwealth forward that will solve the problem," said David Toscano, Democratic Candidate for the 57th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

"Actually, I am very excited about it. What we need is a lot of different legislators to truly understand the issues surrounding the nursing shortage, said Teresa Haller, Nursing Manager for the University of Virginia Nursing School.

Haller said the shortage not only affects nurses, but patients, too.

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