Authorizes and directs the board of regents and the state education department to conduct a comprehensive study of nursing education programs across the state and develop a model for improved articulation of the education program for career mobility from one classification to another in the field of nursing; enacts the "Development of Model for Articulation and Career Mobility Act".
TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the board of regents and the state education department to investigate the scope of nursing education programs and develop a model for improved articulation of the education program for career mobility from one classification to another
PURPOSE OF BILL: To authorize a comprehensive study of nursing education programs across the state in order to explore ways to improve articulation among nursing education programs. Improved articulation models will enhance career mobility within the nursing profession and promote the recruitment and retention of nursing personnel.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill directs the Board of Regents and State Education Department to complete an articulation and career mobility study, in consultation with the Health Department, in regards to nursing education and report to the legislature by January 1, 2013. This study is designed to investigate the scope of nursing education programs across the state and, also, to identify and evaluate current articulation programs. The investigation should focus on the success or failure of existing articulation programs in order to develop models for improved articulation and career mobility. In addition, innovative models for nursing education programs should be developed which encourage flexibility in classroom hours in education program schedules, through satellite locations and at clinical practice settings so that individuals throughout the state have greater access to nursing education programs.
JUSTIFICATION: The nursing shortage in New York State is well documented. In fact, the nursing shortage has led to significant delays in delivering health care services and has raised health care industry costs. Steps to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses are essential in order to meet the enormous health care needs that exist throughout the state. The articulation and career mobility study authorized by this bill will be an important step towards addressing the nursing shortage.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: A.3190-A/S.4119-A - Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee/Referred to Senate Education Committee 2007-2008: A.374/S.4030 - Referred to Higher Education 2005-2006: A.82/S.1295 - Referred to Higher Education 2003-2004: A.7112/S.1628 - Referred to Higher Education 2001-2002: A.4224/S.2323 - Referred to Higher Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal administrative costs to the Education Department.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 321 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, OPPEN- HEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT directing the board of regents and the state education department to investigate the scope of nursing education programs and develop a model for improved articulation of the education program for career mobility from one classification to another THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "development of model for articulation and career mobility act". S 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby recog- nizes the need to increase the pool of available nursing resources to meet the increased demands on the health care delivery system. The more complex nature of illnesses, constraints on reimbursement, pressuring accelerated treatment and earlier patient discharge, the explosion of technology, and requirements for intense monitoring for quality assur- ance, may be diverting nurses from the bedside into early burnout, retirement or employment elsewhere. The state's nursing education program, encompassing nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and licensed (registered) nurses should be better articulated for career mobility in order to make the nursing profession more attractive to individuals and for recruiting and retaining qualified nurses in the health care delivery system. S 3. The board of regents and the state education department, in consultation with the department of health shall: (1) investigate current education programs for nurses in all settings, such as high schools, vocational-technical schools, community colleges and universities, to identify the scope of nursing education programs in the state;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00371-01-1 S. 321 2
(2) ensure that the investigation of nursing programs be directed toward identifying current articulation programs, determining which factors contribute to success or failure, and sharing such information with schools; (3) develop a model for articulation and career mobility to enable nurses at every level of the profession to progress to higher levels and advance their professional status by integrating into a recognized nurs- ing curriculum; and (4) develop models for innovative nursing education programs that will encourage flexibility in classroom hours, in education program schedules and through satellite locations, and at clinical practice settings so that individuals throughout the state have greater access to a nursing education program. S 4. The board of regents and the state education department shall present their final findings and recommendations to the legislature on January 1, 2013. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.