New laws requiring LPNs and RNs to become BSN by 2016

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    Hello,

    I'm an LPN (since 1993), and have recently learned that LPNs and 3-year/or diploma RNs are required to become BSNs before 2016 in order to keep their jobs. The change is apparently due to the new medicare laws and 'Obamacare'. Does anyone know if this is true?

    Last Summer, incidentally, I decided to pursue my BSN degree as I would like to increase knowledge and develop my skills as a hands on nurse in the field of pediatrics. Thus, I had already started down this road on my own. Interestingly, my nursing supervisor (Master's level) informed me shortly after I had enrolled in a LPN-BSN program, that it would be required by law by 2016 for all LPNs and RNs without a BSN to obtain a BSN in order to practice nursing in the future.

    I haven't heard any news released about this requirement, and if it's actually true, why isn't this knowledge to all nurses (LPNs and RNs) working out in the field? I'm posting this thread to create a dialogue about this issue. Does anyone know anything about this?

    Thanks!
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    There has been talk about "recommendations" in reference of having more BSN-prepared nurses in the market, however, I have not heard that ALL LPNs and ADN/DDN's meds to be BSN-prepared by 2016. It would be impossible.
    Could it be hospital specific???
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    Know of no such state with that sort of requirement as law. New York and New Jersey have had bills mandating "BSN in Ten" for new RN grads (those in programs and or already licensed would be grandfathered) if they wish to keep their license, but after about two years those bills have gone no where.

    In reality it does not matter what states are doing by statue, in many areas the employment market is making the decisions. Right now at least in the NYC area new grad ADNs are finding nil to near impossible to land hospital work. Experienced associate grads may have an easier time but they can and often are asked about their intentions to get the BSN and or as a condition of hire must have it within a certain time period.

    Obamacare makes no demands on state licensure of nurses, LPN, ADN or BSN.
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    Thank you for your responses to my post. I appreciate this may not be related at all to 'Obamacare' and it may be a regionally or hospital preference that seems to be insinuating the type of education required for nurses. I'm not sure, but I'm going to keep investigating.

    Leslie
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    Never heard of it, it makes no sense, and would be impossible to implement so quickly.
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    Quote from Vocationofalifetime
    Thank you for your responses to my post. I appreciate this may not be related at all to 'Obamacare' and it may be a regionally or hospital preference that seems to be insinuating the type of education required for nurses. I'm not sure, but I'm going to keep investigating.

    Leslie
    Should like to add hospitals in other parts of New York State are more than happy to hire ADN nurses both experienced and new grads. Indeed many of the latter are moving to various upstate areas such as Albany from NYC to work for a year or so. While gaining the sought after "one year of recent .... experience) NYC hospitals demand ADN many of these ADN grads are working on their RN to BSN.

    This is why one does not think the "BSN in Ten" has made headway here. Things vary by location and what suits Mount Sinai or NYP in the City may not a small regional hospital in Rochester.
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    Quote from Vocationofalifetime
    Thank you for your responses to my post. I appreciate this may not be related at all to 'Obamacare' and it may be a regionally or hospital preference that seems to be insinuating the type of education required for nurses. I'm not sure, but I'm going to keep investigating.

    Leslie
    What seems to be happening is more and more facilities are following the " having high number of "BSN prepared nurses equals better patient outcomes) theory which is the position put out by the ANA and promoted via it's magnet program.
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    Hospital where I work is trying not to hire ADNs. It's pretty cruddy since the local CC NP was at one time the diploma program attached to hospital in question. Lucky for me I got in 15 years ago.
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    "Obamacare" being a federal thing doesn't mandate nursing licensing (being a state thing) but I could be wrong. Regardless, 2016 would be impossible. Not enough schools to handle it, not enough money to pay for it, not enough time to finish it. Not that fast.
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    Quote from Vocationofalifetime
    I'm an LPN (since 1993), and have recently learned that LPNs and 3-year/or diploma RNs are required to become BSNs before 2016 in order to keep their jobs. The change is apparently due to the new medicare laws and 'Obamacare'. Does anyone know if this is true?
    To be as straightforward as possible, this is not true. No such law exists.

    However, individual facility policies exist. Due to these internal policies, the management at many hospitals across the US has been requiring currently employed LPNs and RNs with diplomas and ADNs to earn BSN degrees within a specified time frame.
    wilsonbl5150, loriangel14, nursel56, and 2 others like this.


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