By Patti Cannistraci, DNS, RN, CNE
December 19th was an historic day for the nursing profession in New York State. After nearly 15 years of lobbying, Governor Cuomo signed legislation frequently referred to as the “BSN in 10” (S6768/A1842). The legislation, once enacted, will require new nurses to obtain their BS degree in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure. All current practicing nurses will be grandfathered in.
This legislation moves the entire nursing profession closer to the Institute of Medicine’s benchmark of 80% of nurses having their BSN by 2020. Baccalaureate prepared nurses are important in the multifaceted, highly technical healthcare delivery system. Better patient outcomes are associated with bachelors prepared (and higher) nurses at the bedside.
Please feel free to read the New York State legislative press release for more details about the new bill Governor Cuomo signs BSN in 10 legislation