At the October 1975 Convention of the New York State Nurses Association, the Voting Body passed a legislative proposal to implement the 1974 Resolution on Entry into Professional Practice through Revision of Article 139, Nursing, Title VIII, Education Law (The Nurse Practice Act). This legislative proposal has been placed before each Convention Voting Board since that date and has overwhelmingly passed each time.
The Entry Into Practice Proposal has engendered some questions and misconceptions among nurses and the general public. These questions and answers have been prepared to provide some pertinent facts about the proposal.
|1.||Q.||What is the primary intent of the Entry Into Practice Proposal?|
|A.||To clarify, standardize and elevate the educational requirements for the|
legal practice of professional nursing and practical nursing.
|2.||Q.||Specifically, what does this mean?|
|A.||It means that four years after the bill becomes a law, persons taking the|
professional nurse licensing examination must have completed a
baccalaureate degree program in nursing. Persons taking the associate
nurse licensing examination must have completed an associate degree
program in nursing.
|3.||Q.||How will the proposal affect individuals currently licensed as|
registered nurses and practical nurses?
|A.||The proposal contains a grandfather mechanism which protects all RNs|
and LPNs licensed prior to the date the bill becomes law.
|4.||Q.||Specifically, what does the grandfather clause provide?|
|A.||1) All RNs and LPNs licensed prior to the date the bill becomes law|
will NOT have to meet the educational requirements specified in
the new law.
2) Those who were licensed as registered professional nurses prior to