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PUBLIC LAWS

(CONTINUED)

Aug. 1, 2002 [H.R. 3487]

Nurse
Reinvestment
Act.
42 USC 201 note.

Public Law 107–205
107th Congress

An Act
To amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to health professions programs

regarding the field of nursing.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Nurse Reinvestment Act”.
SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:
Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.

TITLE I–NURSE RECRUITMENT
Sec. 101. Definitions.
Sec. 102. Public service announcements regarding the nursing profession.
Sec. 103. National Nurse Service Corps.

TITLE II–NURSE RETENTION
Sec. 201. Building career ladders and retaining quality nurses.
Sec. 202. Comprehensive geriatric education.
Sec. 203. Nurse faculty loan program.
Sec. 204. Reports by General Accounting Office.

TITLE I-NURSE RECRUITMENT

SEC. 101. DEFINITIONS.

Section 801 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(9) AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER.—The term “ambulatory surgical center' has the meaning applicable to such term under title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

"(10) FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER.—The term 'Federally qualified health center' has the meaning given such term under section 1861(aa)(4) of the Social Security Act.

"(11) HEALTH CARE FACILITY.—The term 'health care facility' means an Indian Health Service health center, a Native Hawaiian health center, a hospital, a Federally qualified health center, a rural health clinic, a nursing home, a home health agency, a hospice program, a public health clinic, a State or local department of public health, a skilled nursing facility, an ambulatory surgical center, or any other facility designated by the Secretary.

"(12) HOME HEALTH AGENCY.—The term 'home health agency' has the meaning given such term in section 1861(0) of the Social Security Act.

42 USC 297w.

“(13) HOSPICE PROGRAM.—The term 'hospice program’ has the meaning given such term in section 1861(dd)(2) of the Social Security Act.

"(14) RURAL HEALTH CLINIC.-The term 'rural health clinic has the meaning given such term in section 1861(aa)(2) of the Social Security Act.

"(15) SKILLED NURSING FACILITY.—The term “skilled nursing facility has the meaning given such term in section 1819(a)

of the Social Security Act.”. SEC. 102. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING THE

NURSING PROFESSION. Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: “PART H–PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS “SEC. 851. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS.

"(a) IN GENERAL.-The Secretary shall develop and issue public service announcements that advertise and promote the nursing profession, highlight the advantages and rewards of nursing, and encourage individuals to enter the nursing profession.

“(b) METHOD.—The public service announcements described in subsection (a) shall be broadcast through appropriate media outlets, including television or radio, in a manner intended to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible.

"(c) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2003 through 2007. "SEC. 852. STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS.

“(a) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may award grants to eligible entities to support State and local advertising campaigns through appropriate media outlets to promote the nursing profession, highlight the advantages and rewards of nursing, and encourage individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter the nursing profession.

"(b) USE OF FUNDS.-An eligible entity that receives a grant under subsection (a) shall use funds received through such grant to acquire local television and radio time, place advertisements in local newspapers, or post information on billboards or on the Internet in a manner intended to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible, in order to

"(1) advertise and promote the nursing profession;
"(2) promote nursing education programs;

"(3) inform the public of financial assistance regarding such education programs;

“(4) highlight individuals in the community who are practicing nursing in order to recruit new nurses; or

"(5) provide any other information to recruit individuals for the nursing profession.

"(c) LIMITATION. —An eligible entity that receives a grant under subsection (a) shall not use funds received through such grant to advertise particular employment opportunities.

"(d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2003 through 2007.”.

42 USC 297x.

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