The Alabama Community College System is partnering with the Office of Apprenticeship and hospitals to launch the nurse apprenticeship program. The program is being developed to help address the ongoing nursing shortage in Alabama.
During the first special session of 2022, the Alabama legislature passed bills dealing with money from the American Rescue Plan Act. About $80 million was sent to the hospitals and nursing homes in the state to fight COVID-19.
A bill now headed to the Alabama Senate floor would charge doctors with a felony if they treat a transgender youth with hormonal therapy, puberty blockers, or if they perform surgery to alter the minor’s appearance.
Alabama dentists say the state is on the verge of a workforce crisis. One-third of Alabama’s dentists are sixty years or older. At least half of those practice in rural Alabama, which means the majority of rural dentists are eyeing retirement.