New York is the first state to require new nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure, the January 2 HealthLeaders Media reports.
The legislation takes effect immediately; however, the degree requirement does not start for 30 months. The new law does not affect nurses already in practice.
There has been a push toward legislation commonly knows as “BSN in 10,” for years, but New York is the first state to pass such a law, the report notes. Baccalaureate preparation has been linked to improved care and patient outcomes.
Empire State becomes first in the nation to require that nurses obtain a bachelor’s degree.