On June 20, 2017 historic legislation was passed overwhelmingly by both the New York State Senate (89%) and Assembly (87%). If signed by Governor Cuomo, this legislation will significantly enhance the health and well-being of the citizens of our state while promoting the advancement of our profession.
A:1842B; S:6768 An act to amend the education law, in relation to the educational preparation for practice of professional nursing known colloquially as “RN to BSN in 10” legislation was first introduced in the 2009-2010 legislative session. Since that time, the US healthcare system has undergone monumental changes.
The mission statement of NYSASN compelled us to actively support this legislation for a multitude of reasons which are described in the NYSASN Position Statement (accessible on our Advocacy page). Particularly compelling are the following points:
- Nursing research consistently shows a clear link between higher levels of nursing education and better patient outcomes.
- The healthcare landscape has changed dramatically over the past 6 years as new models of care have emerged to fulfill the Triple Aim of increased healthcare quality, increased patient satisfaction and decreased healthcare costs.
- School nursing is the most autonomous nursing specialty area at the registered professional nurse entry level. As school nurses, we have always worked to the ‘top of our license’ to provide comprehensive acute and coordinated care to all of New York’s school children in the ambulatory setting. A high level of critical thinking and professionalism (hallmarks of the baccalaureate prepared nurse) are required in order to function safely, effectively, and independently as a school nurse.
We are excited and hopeful that this legislation, while not causing a change in status for anyone currently practicing as a Registered Nurse, will help us fulfill our mission “to advance the practice of school nursing and enhance the educational success of students by promoting quality health services.”