So, this happened last year, but I just found out about it last night. NYS now requires all RNs to have a BSN within ten years of licensure. People who are already nurses or are currently in school are grandfathered in, but this seems like big news. I have several questions and concerns. Most importantly, why is this mandated, but staffing ratios aren't? Even though current nurses are grandfathered in, won't they still have to get the BSN due to employer demand? Are accrediting boards going to look at current nursing school
curriculum and create updates to meet the needs of the modern nursing climate? It will also be interesting to see what happens to diploma/community college programs. Perhaps they will survive by entering into partnership with four year programs?
I am not against continuing education. I will earn my BSN this summer. I am mostly angry that more requirements are being placed on nurses, yet issues like workplace safety, stagnant salaries and under staffing are seemingly being ignored.
What do you think about this change?