Senate Bill S1074

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Relates to the educational preparation for practice of professional nursing

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2009-S1074 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6905, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2553
2013-2014: S628, S5924
2015-2016: S2145
2017-2018: S3520

2009-S1074 (ACTIVE) - 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.

2009-S1074 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2009-S1074 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2009

Introduced  by  Sen.  ALESI  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

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


  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 expending the
educational requirements for the profession of nursing, while  maintain-
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

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


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