Dec 19, '07
Thanks Pagandeva, also why is no one addressing the reasons why the BON has changed their rules?
From what I am understanding the change was made because of issues with patient safety.
If you have read what the BON has to say about it what do you think?
Several factors resulted in the Department’s position to phase out this option. Based on a number of patient safety concerns the Department re-examined its policy regarding this issue. Our investigation found that:
As a result of curricular changes in registered professional nursing programs, the fourth semester of the program may contain all of the didactic and clinical assignments related to certain content areas such as obstetrical or psychiatric nursing, for example. Students not taking this last semester and licensed as LPNs under the 2-EQ option, therefore, might have little or no contact in these areas.
We have concluded that the assumption of substantial equivalence can no longer be supported.
Persons licensed as LPNs under this option have had no content on the differentiated scope of practice of LPNs and RNs and therefore do not know how to practice as an LPN.
Individuals so licensed are not able to be licensed in other jurisdictions as the requirement in other states is for completion of an LPN program.
This option is not available in any of the 47 professions regulated by the Department.
Within the past year staff has met with members of the Council of Associate Degree Nursing, Inc., the Council of Deans of Nursing, Senior Colleges and Universities of New York State and the LPN Council. There has been wide spread support for elimination of this option among all three groups of educators as well as nursing professional associations.
Last edit by Lovely_RN on Dec 19, '07