New York Enacts Mandatory BSN Law

New York recently enacted mandatory BSN legislation requiring all RNs to obtain their BSN within 10 years of initial licensure. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the act into law which took effect December 19, 2017. The American Nurses Association (ANA) House of Delegates has long championed the idea that all nurses obtain a BSN or higher degree by 2020. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing Report has called for 80% of RNs to obtain BSN education by 2020.

New Jersey has pending legislation and several other states have legislation in varying stages of the process to enact laws for RNs to obtain minimally BSN education. Small states such as North Dakota have tried to make the BSN mandatory, but by 2003 they had to rescind the legislation in order to find enough nurses to meet the public need due to critical shortages of RNs.

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