Senate Bill S2145

2015-2016 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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2015-S2145 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6905, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
S2145, A3945

2015-S2145 (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.

2015-S2145 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2015-S2145 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       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


  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.


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