School Nursing Practice

This advisory notice has been posted on the NYS Office of Professions Website 

Enactment of a Baccalaureate Degree in 10 years Requirement for Registered Professional Nurses ("RN")

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. The law does not become effective until June 2019. In general, RN students enrolled in an licensure qualifying associates 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. 
Edcation Law section 6905 is available online at: www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/article139.htm.
The full text of Chapter 502 of the laws of 2017) can be viewed via the search function here.  Additional guidance will be posted in the coming months. 

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.

Certification

National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) is 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.

Credentialing

Explains credentials for health professionals and how to correctly display them. (AANC)

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 and Guidelines tab)

NYSED Office of Professions

Office of Professions- NYSED

Frequently Asked Practice Questions from Office of Professions -This includes information on scope and practice and delegation to LPNs. (Revised 2/2013)

Verification of License-NYSED

NYS Nurses Association (NYSNA)

Guidance Regarding Utilization of Licensed Nurses (RNs and LPNs) and Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) in the Delivery of Nursing Care

Nurse Mandatory Overtime (NYS Department of Labor)

Provides answers to frequently asked questions.

Workplace Violence - NYS Nurses Association Position Statement-8/25/11

Updated 2/26/18