This is our last chance to provide feedback. You can respond until Feb 15, 2005.
Note the definition of the pn, adn, and bsn. ("ADN/Diploma in Registered Nursing- The Associate Degree/Diploma graduate is prepared to function as a provider of care, a manager of care, and a member within the discipline of nursing. The ADN/Diploma graduate provide care to individuals with common, well defined needs with predictable outcomes in structured settings under the direction of a BSN or more experienced RN.") :angryfire Changes that have been made are that we now have until 2010 to complete the initial education requirements. All faculty must have a master's degree and a concentration in Nursing is preferred, by 2015. The student faculty ratio is back.
As these proposals now stand, many ADN and LPN nursing programs across the state will still close down, due to unfunded mandates (NLN accreditation is very costly and no monies have been guaranteed by the State Legislature to fund such an endeavor), and unrealistic educational requirements for faculty (we can hardly find BSN faculty, much less Masters, especially for adjunct faculty in the clinical setting).
This is an intense battle and your voice is desperately needed. There is a small but powerful subset of radically pro-BSN forces on our board which would like nothing better than to see these programs permanently close. This would be disastrous for health care across the state.
Here is the link for feedback:
This draft needs to be copied to your hard drive, filled out electronically, and then sent back by email attachment to the designated party on the form. Any feedback forms sent to the NCBON via snail mail are generally not read and discarded.
Keep those forms, cards, letters, and emails coming in! We are making headway and we will win this battle!