assembly Bill A1977B

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the educational preparation for practice of professional nursing

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Jun 05, 2012 reported referred to codes
Jan 04, 2012 referred to higher education
Jun 06, 2011 print number 1977b
Jun 06, 2011 amend and recommit to higher education
May 25, 2011 print number 1977a
amend and recommit to higher education
Jan 12, 2011 referred to higher education

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A1977 - Bill Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2553A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6905, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A2079B, S1074

A1977 - Bill Texts

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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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                    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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A1977A - Bill Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2553A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6905, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A2079B, S1074

A1977A - Bill Texts

view 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.

view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1977--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 12, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. MORELLE, JAFFEE, PERRY, MAGNARELLI, SPANO, ROSEN-
  THAL, CUSICK, GUNTHER, CAMARA, ORTIZ, GIBSON, PAULIN, KELLNER, CASTRO,
  LAVINE,  TITONE,  DINOWITZ,  GOTTFRIED,  P. RIVERA, MAISEL, M. MILLER,
  STEVENSON, BENEDETTO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ABINANTI, BING,
  CAHILL, CONTE,  CURRAN,  CYMBROWITZ,  DenDEKKER,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  FINCH,
  FITZPATRICK,  GALEF,  HEASTIE,  HOOPER,  HOYT,  JEFFRIES, JOHNS, KOLB,
  LATIMER, LIFTON, LOSQUADRO, LUPARDO,  MAGEE,  MALLIOTAKIS,  McDONOUGH,
  J. MILLER,  MILLMAN, NOLAN, PRETLOW, RAIA, RAMOS, J. RIVERA, ROBINSON,
  RUSSELL, SCHIMEL, SWEENEY, TEDISCO,  TENNEY,  TOBACCO,  WEISENBERG  --
  read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education -- commit-
  tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
  mitted to said committee

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-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05299-02-1

A. 1977--A                          2

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
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. THE DEPARTMENT, IN ITS  DISCRETION,
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 program preparing registered profes-
sional 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.

Co-Sponsors

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A1977B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2553A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6905, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A2079B, S1074

A1977B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view 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.

view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1977--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 12, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. MORELLE, JAFFEE, PERRY, MAGNARELLI, SPANO, ROSEN-
  THAL, CUSICK, GUNTHER, CAMARA, ORTIZ, GIBSON, PAULIN, KELLNER, CASTRO,
  LAVINE,  TITONE,  DINOWITZ,  GOTTFRIED,  P. RIVERA, MAISEL, M. MILLER,
  STEVENSON, BENEDETTO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ABINANTI, BING,
  CAHILL, CONTE,  CURRAN,  CYMBROWITZ,  DenDEKKER,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  FINCH,
  FITZPATRICK,  GALEF,  HEASTIE,  HOOPER,  HOYT,  JEFFRIES, JOHNS, KOLB,
  LATIMER, LIFTON, LOSQUADRO, LUPARDO,  MAGEE,  MALLIOTAKIS,  McDONOUGH,
  J. MILLER,  MILLMAN, NOLAN, PRETLOW, RAIA, RAMOS, J. RIVERA, ROBINSON,
  RUSSELL, SCHIMEL, SWEENEY, TEDISCO,  TENNEY,  TOBACCO,  WEISENBERG  --
  read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education -- commit-
  tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
  mitted to said committee -- again reported from  said  committee  with
  amendments,  ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted to said
  committee

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-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05299-03-1

A. 1977--B                          2

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-
ing  the  multiple  entry  points  into the profession, is needed.  This
legislation affects future nurses graduating from  associate  degree  or
diploma nursing 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 sophisticated interventions. This proposal is the result of a grow-
ing  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
legislation  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. THE DEPARTMENT, IN ITS DISCRETION,
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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