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Congratulations to New York for taking the lead in the nation with requiring all future RNs to obtain a BS degree in nursing within 10 years of licensure (called the BS in 10 law)!  This new law recognizes the worth of graduates from associate degree nursing programs and appreciates the faculty of those programs in preparing safe nurses, but it also acknowledges that more education makes a difference in the lives of the patients and clients who we serve. All currently licensed RNs and all current nursing students are not required by law to obtain a BS in nursing, however, we strongly suggest ALL RNs practice at the baccalaureate education level. Thank you to our nurse leaders, legislators and Governor Cuomo  for realizing the importance of such a law to the health of New Yorker’s!  For more information contact Deb Elliott, delliott@fnysn.org or (518) 456-7858 ext. 129.

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