The BS in 10 law will require future nurses who graduate from a New York State Diploma or Associate Degree program to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing within ten years of becoming a nurse. The law is grounded in evidence demonstrating better outcomes when patients receive care from Baccalaureate-prepared nurses. The originally published study dates back to 2003 and has been replicated many times. Changes in healthcare require new skills for nurses.
All RNs who were licensed on or before December 18, 2017 are grandfathered and do not need to meet the requirement to complete a RN/BS program.
Yes, the law establishes a temporary commission, to be known as the Nursing Program Evaluation Commission. The temporary commission is charged with drafting a report and making recommendations on 5 areas, including:
The temporary commission will consist of 9 members. The members must be appointed within 60 days of the law taking effect. The law took effect on December 18, 2017, so appointments are to be made by February 16, 2018 as follows:
The members that are appointed are not eligible for compensation other than expenses incurred related to the performance of duties for sitting on the temporary commission. Further, they are to be representative of patient advocates, nurses, and related health care professionals and are delineated as follows: