assembly Bill A1977

Amended

Relates to the educational preparation for practice of professional nursing

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MORELLE

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 12 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 25 / May / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 25 / May / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 1977A
  • 06 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 1977B
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • REPORTED REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Requires registered professional nurses to attain a baccalaureate degree in nursing within ten years of their initial licensure; provides exemptions for those currently licensed or enrolled in nursing programs.

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Bill Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1223
Versions:
A1977
A1977A
A1977B
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง6905, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: A2079B, S4051A
2007-2008: A2480
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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1977

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 12, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. MORELLE, PHEFFER, TOWNS, JAFFEE, PERRY, MAGNAREL-
  LI,  SPANO, ROSENTHAL, CUSICK, GUNTHER, CAMARA, ORTIZ, GIBSON, PAULIN,
  KELLNER, CASTRO, LAVINE, TITONE, DINOWITZ,  GOTTFRIED  --  Multi-Spon-
  sored  by  --  M. of A. CAHILL, CONTE, CYMBROWITZ, DenDEKKER, DESTITO,
  ENGLEBRIGHT,  FINCH,  FITZPATRICK,  GALEF,  HEASTIE,   HOOPER,   HOYT,
  JEFFRIES,  KOLB, LATIMER, LIFTON, LUPARDO, McDONOUGH, J. MILLER, MILL-
  MAN, NOLAN, PRETLOW, J. RIVERA, ROBINSON, RUSSELL,  SCHIMEL,  SWEENEY,
  WEISENBERG -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Educa-
  tion

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the educational prepa-
  ration for practice of professional nursing

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The legislature hereby finds and  declares  that  with  the
increasing  complexity  of  the  American  healthcare system and rapidly
expanding technology, the  educational  preparation  of  the  registered
professional  nurse  must  be  expanded. The nurse of the future must be
prepared to partner with multiple  disciplines  as  a  collaborator  and
manager  of  the complex patient care journey. Shorter lengths of stays,
higher patient acuity, and more sophisticated  technologies  and  proce-
dures  are  increasing  the  complexity  of patient care - which in turn
places great  demands  on  nursing  competencies.  Other  countries  are
responding  to these changes by requiring the baccalaureate degree as an
entry requirement for nursing  licensure  while  other  professions  are
demanding  master  and  doctoral  degrees  as their entry point. Several
recent research studies clearly demonstrate the  added  value  of  addi-
tional  education  in  relation  to improved patient outcomes; one study
demonstrates that each ten percent increase in the number  of  baccalau-
reate  prepared  nurses  results  in a five percent decrease in surgical
patient deaths. Therefore, the  legislature  finds  that  expanding  the
educational  requirements for the profession of nursing, while maintain-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05299-01-1

A. 1977                             2

ing the multiple entry points into the profession, is needed.  This bill
affects future nurses graduating from associate degree or diploma  nurs-
ing  programs who would be required to obtain a baccalaureate in nursing
within  ten  years  of initial licensure. All current nurses licensed in
New York and students in programs preparing for registered  professional
nursing  are  to be exempt from the new requirement. This legislation is
mirrored after the progressive education requirement for teachers in New
York state. Numerous regulatory and accrediting bodies have  recommended
this  change  as  a  means  to  address sophisticated patient care needs
resulting from shorter lengths of stay, higher acuity and more sophisti-
cated interventions. This proposal is the result of a  growing  body  of
research  evidence  that  additional education results in better patient
outcomes. Therefore by requiring the baccalaureate degree for  continued
registration  as  a  registered professional nurse this bill seeks to be
responsive to meet the increasingly complex health  care  needs  of  the
residents of New York state.
  S 2. Subdivision 2 of section 6905 of the education law, as amended by
chapter  994 of the laws of 1971 and such section as renumbered by chap-
ter 50 of the laws of 1972, is amended to read as follows:
  (2) Education: have received an education, and a diploma or degree  in
professional nursing, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations,
AND  IN  ORDER  TO  CONTINUE  TO  MAINTAIN  REGISTRATION AS A REGISTERED
PROFESSIONAL NURSE IN NEW YORK  STATE,  HAVE  ATTAINED  A  BACCALAUREATE
DEGREE  IN  NURSING  WITHIN TEN YEARS OF INITIAL LICENSURE IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE COMMISSIONER'S REGULATIONS. IN ITS DISCRETION,  THE  DEPARTMENT
MAY ISSUE A CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION TO A LICENSEE WHO FAILS TO COMPLETE
THE  BACCALAUREATE DEGREE BUT WHO AGREES TO MEET THE ADDITIONAL REQUIRE-
MENT WITHIN ONE YEAR. THE FEE FOR SUCH A CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION  SHALL
BE  THE SAME AS, AND IN ADDITION TO, THE FEE FOR THE TRIENNIAL REGISTRA-
TION. THE DURATION OF SUCH CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION  SHALL  BE  FOR  ONE
YEAR  AND  MAY  BE EXTENDED, WITH THE PAYMENT OF A FEE, FOR NO MORE THAN
ONE ADDITIONAL YEAR. ANY LICENSEE WHO IS NOTIFIED OF  THE  DENIAL  OF  A
REGISTRATION FOR FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL REQUIRE-
MENTS  AND WHO PRACTICES AS A REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSE WITHOUT SUCH
REGISTRATION MAY BE SUBJECT  TO  DISCIPLINARY  PROCEEDINGS  PURSUANT  TO
SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED TEN OF THIS TITLE;
  S 3. The provisions of this act shall not apply to:
  a.  any  student  entering  a  generic baccalaureate program preparing
registered professional nurses after the effective date of this act;
  b. any student currently enrolled in, or having an application pending
in, a program preparing registered nurses as of the  effective  date  of
this act;
  c.  any  person already licensed as a registered professional nurse or
any unlicensed graduate professional nurse who is eligible to  take  the
National  Council Licensure Examination as of the effective date of this
act.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately and  the  commissioner  of
education  is  authorized to promulgate any rule or regulation necessary
to implement the provisions of this act.

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