senate Bill S6768

Signed By Governor
2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring that all RPNs either have or obtain a bachelor's degree within 10 years of initial licensure

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 18, 2017 approval memo.63
signed chap.502
Dec 06, 2017 delivered to governor
Jun 19, 2017 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.429
substituted for a1842b
referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1938
Jun 16, 2017 referred to rules


S6768 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6905, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A2079
2011-2012: A1977
2013-2014: A3103
2015-2016: A3945

S6768 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the formation of a temporary nursing program evaluation commission; requires that all RPNs either have or obtain a bachelor's degree within 10 years of initial licensure; exemptions.

S6768 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6768 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 16, 2017

Introduced  by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the educational prepa-
  ration for practice of professional nursing; and  the  creation  of  a
  temporary nursing program evaluation commission


  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. The legisla-
ture finds that expanding the educational requirements for  the  profes-
sion  of  nursing,  while maintaining the multiple entry points into the
profession, is needed.  This legislation affects future nurses  graduat-
ing  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. Numer-
ous regulatory and accrediting bodies have recommended this change as  a

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


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