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House of Nursing to House of Representatives: Congresswoman Lois Capps and the Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act

LoisCapps“Healthcare is changing for the future, who’s going to be there?” Congresswoman Lois Capps, 2016, Washington DC.


The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections for 2012-2020 data suggests that there will be a need for over 1 million nurses by 2020. Factors that influence the demand for an increased nursing workforce include increased access to health care via the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the growing amount of nontraditional care settings, and the fact that Americans continue to grow older and live longer.


Despite the identified need to foster a larger nursing workforce, lack of financial resources represents a concerning obstacle towards supporting this growing demand. The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (HR 2713) calls to reauthorize the largest source of federal financial support for nursing education. Co-authored by Lois Capps and David Joyce, this bipartisan piece of legislature encourages an investment in the future of health care through supporting nursing education and nursing workforce diversity.


Senior Fellow Kristi Westphaln interviews Congresswoman Lois Capps, representative from California’s 24th district and a registered nurse. Capps discusses the intersection between nursing and the health of the public, treating chronic pain and current health legislation she supports.


A long time hero to the nursing community, Congresswoman Capps is a strong advocate for issues that support the public’s health. She has brought CPR education into schools and increased community-wide availability of AEDs, portable electronic defibrillators that can be used by laypeople.

Carol Green NP, Congresswoman Capps, Kristi Westphaln PNP

Carol Green NP, Congresswoman Capps, Kristi Westphaln PNP


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Kristi Westphaln, MSN, RN, PNP-PC, is a San Diego-based pediatric nurse practitioner with a passion for all things pediatric. She has been in the nursing profession for 15 years, with 11 years of PNP expertise in the areas of pediatric primary care, pediatric emergency health care, pediatric trauma and child abuse. Ms. Westphaln will be producing for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement a series of elementary school-based health education podcasts and will continue her work in radio with “HealthCetera.” She currently serves as the legislative/health policy chair for the San Diego chapters of the National Association of Pediatric Nurses (NAPNAP) and the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, and she was recently honored as a 2017 National NAPNAP Advocacy Scholar. She anticipates completing her PhD in nursing from the University of San Diego in May 2018 and aspires to pursue post-doctoral education in the pediatric health policy research arena. Her research interests include child health promotion, social capital, health care access and use, home visitation and health disparities/social justice.

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