senate Bill S351

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides that certain vocational schools that certify medical assistants and patient care technicians to increase course offerings to train licensed practical nurses

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S351 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6453, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S361

S351 - Bill Texts

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Provides that certain vocational schools that certify medical assistants and patient care technicians increase course offerings to train licensed practical nurses.

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BILL NUMBER:S351

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to certain vocational schools
providing licensed practical nurse training

PURPOSE OF BILL:
To strengthen the quality of health care in New York State by creating
a vehicle to increase the numbers of licensed practical nurses
through greater opportunity for educational training in the field of
nursing.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends §6453 of the education law to authorize the commissioner to
contract with institutions of vocational education (1) to conduct
approved courses to assist foreign trained nurses to qualify for a
license as a licensed practical nurse, (2) conduct refresher courses
for NYS residents currently licensed as licensed practical nurses but
who are not actively engaged in nursing, and (3) to conduct approved
courses to qualify persons as licensed practical nurses if such
institution certifies medical assistants or patient care technicians.

JUSTIFICATION:
As Americans grow older more and more people will need care,
especially in nursing homes and assisted living centers. In fact,
studies predict that nearly 1,000,000 nurses will be needed by the
year 2010. This number includes both registered nurses and licensed
practical nurses.

Licensed practical nurses work under the direction of a doctor or
registered nurse. Most LPNs provide basic bedside care to patients.
In nursing homes LPNs may also help evaluate the needs of residents
and develop care plans. It is essential that the state take proactive
measures such as this to thwart the impending jeopardy to the quality
of health care available to New York residents. This legislation will
create a real solution in a practical way by authorizing the
commissioner to contract with vocational schools to qualify
individuals as licensed practical nurses.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2005-06: A.10464
2007: S.5844 Referred to Higher Education
2008: S.5844 Referred to Higher Education
2009: S.361 Referred to Higher Education
2010: S.361 Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
The State's expenditure to manage ensuing contracts will be greatly
offset by the savings realized through the strengthening of
preventative and long term care additional licensed practical nurses
will provide.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.


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

                                   351

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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  certain  vocational
  schools providing licensed practical nurse training

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

  Section 1. Section 6443 of the education law, as  amended  by  chapter
994 of the laws of 1971, is amended to read as follows:
  S [6443]  6453.  Special  nursing education program.  To grant greater
opportunity in nursing education, the commissioner may:
  1. Enter into contracts with any institution of VOCATIONAL  EDUCATION,
higher education incorporated in this state, voluntary non-profit hospi-
tals  incorporated  within this state or public hospitals located within
this state for:
  (1) A contract for conducting courses approved by  the  department  to
assist  foreign  trained  nurses  to qualify for a license as a LICENSED
PRACTICAL NURSE OR registered professional nurse in this state.
  (2) A contract for conducting refresher courses for residents of  this
state  who have been licensed as LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES OR registered
professional nurses but who are not actively engaged in nursing.
  (3) A CONTRACT WITH PRIVATE  VOCATIONAL  EDUCATION  INSTITUTIONS  THAT
CERTIFY  MEDICAL  ASSISTANTS  OR  PATIENT  CARE  TECHNICIANS, TO CONDUCT
COURSES APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO QUALIFY PERSONS AS LICENSED  PRAC-
TICAL NURSES.
  2.  Enter  into a contract to expand the enrollment of any institution
of higher education incorporated within  this  state  or  any  voluntary
non-profit  hospital or municipal or county hospital incorporated within
this state providing either a regents' approved curriculum leading to  a
baccalaureate  degree  in  professional nursing or a regents' registered
program in professional nursing, by paying an agreed sum to the institu-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01879-01-1

S. 351                              2

tion for each additional student enrolled in each  year  of  instruction
above  the  average  enrollment in such year of instruction for the last
five years prior to the year for which the  payment  is  made.  The  sum
shall not be paid for more than ten additional students per year.
  3.  Promulgate  regulations  necessary for the implementation of these
programs.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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