- On December 18, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Chapter 502 of the Laws of 2017 amending Education Law section 6905 to require RNs to either have or obtain a baccalaureate degree or higher degree in nursing within 10 years of licensure. In general, RN students enrolled in a licensure qualifying associate's degree or diploma program as of December 18, 2017, as well as RNs licensed in New York State, as of December 18, 2017, are exempt from this requirement.
School Nursing Practice
Boards of Nursing (BON)Exist in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia to protect public health through regulation of nursing practice.They set set the minimum qualifications/competencies for entry-level practice by enforcing the Nurse Practice Act, nurse licensure, accrediting nurse education programs in schools/universities, developing practice standards, policies, administrative rules, and regulations and taking action against the licenses of nurses who have shown unsafe nursing practice. Click here for contact information for each Board of Nursing Website.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Composed of the Boards of Nursing from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. They work together on licensing examinations such as the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN; policy analysis, uniformity of regulation of nursing practice; research, and maintaining the Nursys database with national information on nurse licensure. Their efforts include promoting the adoption of the Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Regulation by all states.
Explains credentials for health professionals and how to correctly display them. (AANC)
The National Association of School Nurse's (NASN) Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice™
Creates an overarching structure that includes concepts integral to the complex clinical specialty practice of school nursing. The framework provides a graphic illustration of the key principles of professional school nursing practice, reflecting the organization's stance for evidence-based best practice and providing focus to priority school nursing activities. The framework provides guidance for the practicing school nurse to reach the goal of supporting student health and academic success by contributing to a healthy and safe school environment. NASN believes it has a responsibility to its members and to the public they serve to develop a framework for professional school nursing practice.
National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN)
An independently incorporated organization established for the purpose of developing and implementing the voluntary certification process of school nurses. They work in collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses. To access their website and learn more about becoming a nationally certified school nurse click here.
Nurse Licensure Compact
Allows a nurse to practice across state lines (both physically/electronically), unless the nurse is under discipline or restricted from practice across state lines.To achieve mutual recognition, each state must enter into the NLC. There are currently 24 NLC member states. The compact supersedes state laws and may be amended by all party states agreeing and then changing individual state laws. A separate body of participating state board of nursing administrators is in charge of that state's compact. To find out whether your state belongs to an NLC, visit the NCSBN's Nurse Licensure Compact.
NYSED Guidance and Memos Regarding Nursing Practice
Located on the Laws | Guidelines | Memos Channel of this website
"BSN in 10" Enactment of a Baccalaureate Degree in 10 years Requirement for Registered Professional Nurses ("RN")
- NYS Office of Professions Education Law section 6905.
- The full text of Chapter 502 of the laws of 2017) can be viewed via the search function here.
Frequently Asked Practice Questions from Office of Professions
Includes information on scope and practice and delegation to LPNs. (Revised 2/2013)
NYS Nurses Association (NYSNA)
Guidance Regarding Utilization of Licensed Nurses (RNs and LPNs) and Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) in the Delivery of Nursing Care
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