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New York: BSN requirement considered

Publish Date: 6/9/2014

In early 2013 a bill was introduced in New York requiring New York registered nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree within ten years of initial licensure, A3013/S628. The bill did not move during 2013, but has recently been moving through committees as New York’s legislative session is coming to a close. In May, the BSN in 10 bill moved from the Assembly Committee on Higher Education to Codes, and it is now in the Committee on Ways and Means.

Should this bill pass, nurses currently licensed in New York and students in programs preparing for registered professional nursing as of the effective date would be exempt from the BSN requirement. The bill focuses on future nurses graduating from associate degree or diploma nursing programs. 

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