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·        Why do we need to legislate that newly licensed RN’s in NJ need to obtain a BSN?

            The purpose of this legislation is to support the delivery of the best quality care to patients in an increasingly complex health care environment. Studies, comparing patient outcomes with the educational background of nurses, demonstrate that in facilities with a greater proportion of BSN or higher educated nurses patients have lowered mortality and adverse events.

 

·        Will currently licensed RNs in NJ without a BSN still need to attain a BSN?

             No, currently licensed  RNs and students who have applied to or enrolled in nursing school at the time the legislation is enacted will be exempted.

 

·        After the law takes effect will the newly licensed RNs need to enter a BSN program immediately after attaining their license?

            Newly licensed RN will have 10 years following initial licensure to attain their BSN.

 

·        What happens if the licensed RN does not attain a BSN 10 years after initial licensure?

            Licensed RN’s can request an extension from the NJ Board of nursing.  They will be granted a conditional 2 year license one time only.

 

·        Will the Associate Degree and Diploma Degree programs close as a result of this law?

                No, these programs will still be accredited and enable RN’s to enter the profession and prepare them to take the NCLEX exam.    

  • Does a licensed RN in another state need to have a BSN to practice in NJ?

            Licensure by endorsement of nurses who hold licenses in other states will be addressed by the Board of Nursing in the regulatory process once the bill is passed and becomes law.

 

  • Why does the NCLEX exam not prove that the associate degree nurse is just as good or better than the BSN nurse?

NCLEX is the nationa lRN test that verifies an RN's safety in dealing with patients. It satisfies the requirement to "do not harm".

  • So then, what is the added value of a BSN?

The BSN provides the practice skills that allow an RN to rescue a complex patient whose condition begins to deteriorate in subtle and complicated ways.

  • Why isn't experience more important than the BSN?

Each RN's experience is different and inconsistent throughout their years of practice. BSN curriculums have provided a reliable way for the RN to obtain the problem solving, decision making and communication skills crucial to patient care outcomes.

  • What about continuing education? Won't the nurse get more targeted education from CE?

Again, the CE that an RN takes is different and inconsistent for each nurse, while organized curriculums have the objective of producing a nurse with skills that reduce poor patient outcomes.

 

 

 

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