Is a “BSN in 10” law on the horizon for New York nurses?

The New York State Legislature is considering a bill that would make a BSN mandatory. Nurses would have 10 years to get a bachelor’s degree in order to keep their license. Anyone currently licensed or in school would be grandfathered in and exempt.

New York has been considering some version of this bill for the past eight years, and if the bill passes, it could start a trend: New Jersey already has a “BSN in 10” bill in development.

Do you think this bill would improve the nursing profession? Or would it lead to an even greater nursing shortage?




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4 Responses to Is a “BSN in 10” law on the horizon for New York nurses?

  1. mamajo RN

    I have been around many years and worked with all dimensions of nurses. I have worked with LPN’s that have more critical thinking skills than some BSN’s or even master’s prepared nurses. I find that what (new to nursing) BSN nurses are learning today is not to be able to physically care for patients, not all, but some come in to the work force thinking that they are “above” bedside nursing. The nursing shortage comes about because we do not train our nurses to be bedside nurses. Changing entry level into nursing practice is only going to make this worse…

  2. Evelyn

    Good idea. There are too many ways to get an RN. Only the BSN way would make for more respect for the profession. I am an elderly diploma graduate. At one time we were the best nurses. We are all retiring and things have changed. What other profession has more than one way to obtain a degree?

  3. jbiel517 RN

    I live in North Dakota and we have “been there done that”. Our legislature passed the same thing, and was hugely unpopular. It was repealed a few years later. Rural hospitals and nursing homes could not hire seasoned nurses who tried to move here from other states unless they had a BSN. There were stories in the newspaper of nurses who wanted to work here, but because they only a diploma or associates degree, they could not work, even though they had years of experience. As for being grandfathered in, it did not happen. I say don’t tie a lead weight around the ankles of health care facilities by requiring a BSN. Let the facilities decide who has the expertise to do the job.

  4. essarge RN

    I have my BSN and have found that, while others have less formal education, it makes no difference because we all do the same job. There is no difference in pay in most places. The only difference I see with a BSN is the ability to “move up the ladder” into a management position. Instead of requiring a BSN, why don’t they force institutions to make a pay difference (not just a few cents) to create an incentive for nurses to further their education????