Making a 4 year degree a requirement for Registered Nurses has been discussed before and there have been many organizations that are proponents of this change. New York State recently became the first state in the nation to require nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on the bill at the beginning of January and it requires that new nurses obtain their bachelor’s degree within 10 years of initial licensure
This type of legislation, commonly known as “BSN in 10,” has been pushed across the nation, but New York is the first state to actually pass a law. The legislation takes effect immediately but the requirement that nurses obtain a baccalaureate degree or higher within 10 years of licensure will begin in 30 months. It does not affect nurses already in practice.
If New York has passed this law, will other states be far behind in following suit? Maybe it is a good time to take a few classes.