Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 06, 2016||
referred to higher education
|Jan 21, 2015||
referred to higher education
Senate Bill S2145
2015-2016 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2015-S2145 (ACTIVE) - Details
2015-S2145 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S2145 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the educational preparation for practice of professional nursing PURPOSE: To expand the educational preparation of registered professional nurses to require that a baccalaureate degree be obtained within ten years after initial licensure while maintaining the multiple entry points into the profession. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 outlines the legislative intent of the bill. Section 2 amends subdivision 2 of section 6905 of the education law in several key respects. First, this section would require that in order to continue to maintain registration as a professional nurse in New York state, such person must attain a baccalaureate degree in nursing within ten (10) years of initial licensure. Second, this section would allow the State Education Department to issue a conditional registration to a licensee who fails to complete the baccalaureate degree but who agrees to meet the additional requirements within a year. Furthermore, the section outlines the additional fee for such conditional registration, as well as provides for a one year conditional registration which may be extended, with the payment of a fee, for no more than one additional year. Finally, this section calls
2015-S2145 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2145 2015-2016 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 21, 2015 ___________ Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- 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 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- 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 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04729-01-5
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