New York’s ‘BSN in 10’ Law And The Push For 80% Of Nurses To Hold BSN By 2020 | Nurse.org

Update: 12/30/2017 at 9:12pm PST After nearly 14 years of lobbying, New York State finally passed their “BSN in 10” law. The state now requires all nurses to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing within 10 years of receiving their initial RN license. New York state may be the first state to actually pass the law but, many other states have plans to enact similar legislation in the near future.  What Does ‘BSN in 10’ Mean To NY Nurses & Students? According to the bill, if a Registered Nurse does not re

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Update: 12/30/2017 at 9:12pm PST

After nearly 14 years of lobbying, New York State finally passed their “BSN in 10” law. The state now requires all nurses to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing within 10 years of receiving their initial RN license.

New York state may be the first state to actually pass the law but, many other states have plans to enact similar legislation in the near future.

What Does ‘BSN in 10’ Mean To NY Nurses & Students?

According to the bill, if a Registered Nurse does not receive a Baccalaureate Degree within 10 years, their license will be suspended.

How does this law effect nurses who hold a New York nursing license but do not have plans to complete a bachelor degree? At this time, registered nurses who hold a New York license will be grandfathered in – regardless of degree level.

Current nursing students enrolled in nursing programs within New York are also exempt from the bill.

However, going forward, all RNs entering the profession are now required to pursue a BSN within 10 years of receiving their RN license.

Institute of Medicine Recommends 80% Of Nursing Workforce To Have BSN Degree By 2020.

Nurses are the eyes, ears, and heart of healthcare, but the profession is undergoing some major changes; one of the reasons for such change is due to increasing educational expectations.

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The Institute of Medicine reported on the future of nursing in 2010, making a strong recommendation that 80 percent of the nursing workforce have a baccalaureate degree (BSN) by 2020. At the time of the report’s release,  only 50 percent of the nursing workforce had a BSN. Now, there is an estimated 55-60 percent of nurses who have such a degree. “Research has shown a higher percentage of baccalaureate nurses on a unit reduces morbidity and mortality,” says Tina Gerardi, the Deputy for the Academic Progression in Nursing Programs (APIN).

APIN is a grant initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on identifying the best progression models for successfully urging more nurses to earn a bachelors degree.

Nursing Changes

One change on the horizon for the nursing profession is the pending retirement of a massive number of nurses who are members of the Baby Boom generation. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has done its part in expanding the need for nurses who can provide care for an increasing number of insured Americans.

“The thing is, we are going to need all the nurses we can get,” says Peter McMenamin, senior policy fellow at the American Nurses Association; “the BSN percentage of new grads is increasing slowly.”

Once all the Baby Boomer nurses do indeed retire, that will in and of itself alter the statistics in terms of the percentage of nurses with a BSN; since approximately 75 percent of Baby Boomer nurses do not have their BSN, their collective retirement will alter the calculus of the situation.

“The field is becoming more complicated,” said McMenamin. “Some people have reservations that the associate degree nurse isn’t any less qualified than a BSN. They say that the associate degree nurse is getting the clinical and technical training that the BSN nurses get, but it’s crammed into a shorter amount of time at a different level.”

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The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination)

Today, all aspiring nurses must pass the NCLEX, which is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The NCLEX is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

Before you can take the NCLEX, the first step is to successfully complete an accredited nursing degree. Hundreds of nursing schools have customized their ADN to BSN programs in order to help those who want to earn that degree.

Related: Tips To Surviving The NCLEX

MONEY AND TIME

Earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing takes longer (at least a year or two) than an associate degree, and the cost is more significant, as well.

Scholarships can be difficult to come by when returning to school, and many older nurses have families to care for and other responsibilities. These nurses are often earning a decent income with their associate degree, and unless more money is available for scholarships to inspire nurses to go back to school – which happened in 1971 with an Act of Congress because of a huge nursing shortage – most established ADNs will stay where they are and not pursue further education that may or may not increase their earning power.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections for 2014-2024, the career of an RN is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth. The RN workforce is expected to grow from 2.71 million in 2014 to 3.24 million in 2024, an increase of 439,000 or 16%.

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What’s The Plan To Increase The Percentage Of BSN Nurses?

In some areas and in some hospitals, the 80 percent will be achievable in less time, but every situation is unique.

For now, APIN has discovered that the top progression model for nursing is the shared curriculum model – students working simultaneously at community colleges and universities to earn their BSN. New Mexico State University developed the model, and many community colleges have linked with universities in this regard.

“This model works well because some medical centers and hospitals were closing off their clinical to associate degree candidates and only taking bachelor program students,” said Gerardi.

Part of the labor for initiating this model is successfully encouraging community colleges and universities to work with students to maximize financial aid and affordability.

Another area that begs for change is assisting associate degree nurses with health insurance if they go part-time at work in order to complete their BSN.

“There needs to be some flexibility and creativity to continue to provide those benefits when an employee is working on a reduced schedule,” says Gerardi. “Some employers have gone as far as to open up areas on their campus where students do their coursework on breaks or bring in faculty to do on-campus courses.”

Next Up: 2018 Online RN To BSN Degrees In Every State.

Lee Nelson of the Chicago area writes for national and regional magazines, websites, and business journals. Her work has recently appeared in Realtor.org, Nurse.org, Yahoo! Homes, ChicagoStyle Weddings, and a bi-weekly blog in Unigo.com.

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The Opportunity Atlas: Mapping the Childhood Roots of Social Mobility

The Opportunity Atlas

Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?

The Opportunity Atlas answers this question using anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s.

Now you can trace the roots of today’s affluence and poverty back to the neighborhoods where people grew up.

See where and for whom opportunity has been missing, and develop local solutions to help more children rise out of poverty.

Office of Disability Employment Policy Publications

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Disability Employment Publications

Order FREE disability employment guides for employers, job-seekers, educators, and employment service providers.

Employers can find information to help recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities. Job-seekers with disabilities can find information to develop their skills and find the support they need to get a job.

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“America’s Workforce: Empowering All” 

Source: NDEAM 2018 | “America’s Workforce: Empowering All” | Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Blog

Note: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), observed each October, celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and promotes the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, this year’s NDEAM theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

To recognize NDEAM, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will publish a series of blogs, in partnership with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, throughout the month. The series will celebrate the career successes of individuals with disabilities who received vocational rehabilitation (VR) services and highlight some of the partnerships state VR agencies have established with businesses across the country.

For more information about NDEAM, visit our partners at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Health Care Coverage and Access in Your State

 

Health care is top of mind for a lot of voters going into this November’s mid-term elections, with many  concerned about the costs of care and about funding for Medicare and Medicaid. To provide an overview of health care coverage and access around the U.S. in the years since the Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage, we’ve created facts sheets for each state and the District of Columbia. The fact sheets show changes over time in: the percentage of uninsured adults and adults going without care because of costs, enrollment in marketplace plans and Medicaid, and the amount of federal support for health coverage.

Visit Health Care Coverage and Access in Your State to get the facts on health care coverage and access in your state.

Health indicators in intellectual developmental disorders: The key findings of the POMONA‐ESP project

Source: Health indicators in intellectual developmental disorders: The key findings of the POMONA‐ESP project – Folch – – Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities – Wiley Online Library

Annabel Folch, Luis Salvador‐Carulla, Paloma Vicens, Maria José Cortés, Marcia Irazábal, Silvia Muñoz, Lluís Rovira, Carmen Orejuela, Juan A. González, Rafael Martínez‐Leal

Abstract

Background

The aim of this paper was to summarize the main results of the POMONA‐ESP project, the first study to explore health status in a large representative, randomized and stratified sample of people with intellectual developmental disorders in Spain.

Methods

The POMONA‐ESP project collected information about the health of 953 individuals with intellectual developmental disorders.

Results

Diseases such as urinary incontinence, oral problems, epilepsy, constipation or obesity were highly prevalent among the participants; with gender‐differentiated prevalences for certain conditions, and age and intellectual disability level as risk factors for disease. Overmedication was common in the sample, and drugs were often prescribed without any clinical indication or follow‐up. The present authors also found a lack of important relevant information about the participant’s health and a lack of adequate genetic counselling.

Conclusions

Our findings may contribute to a better understanding of health status and needs of people with intellectual developmental disorders and suggest several courses of action to improve their health care.

Using Social Media to Enhance Community Participation

Using Social Media to Enhance Community Participation
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Looking for ways to be more active in your community? This manual examines ways in which individuals with mental illnesses can use social media networks to enhance community participation. Social media features and functions are examined as well as specific networks such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, MeetUp, and Yelp. Also reviewed are considerations and risks when using social media. Produced by Temple Collaborative on Community Inclusion

Mathematica Policy Research: Transition Strategies for Youth with Disabilities

Transition
Transition Strategies for Youth with Disabilities
Mathematica Policy Research has released three new reports on how transition services are being used for youth with disabilities. The goal of these services is to help youth with disabilities-particularly those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)- find employment and earn higher wages. Mathematica’s reports focus on which services are the most promising according to the current base of evidence.

Guided Group Discovery: Online Participant Workbook for Employment

Employment
Online Participant Workbook
Guided Group Discovery assists job seekers who face barriers to employment in identifying jobs that would be a good fit for them and an employer. The LEAD Center released the Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook to help these job seekers in their search. This user-friendly tool allows youth and adults to create a personalized Blueprint for Employment. Each participant receives a private link that allows them to add to, edit, or review their information at any time. The Workbook can also be printed out to review with counselors, teachers, and others. The Online Participant Workbook is a companion piece to a suite of LEAD Center resources for Guided Group Discovery.

Securing rights and nutritional health for persons with intellectual disabilities – a pressing challenge | Food & Nutrition Research

Source: Securing rights and nutritional health for persons with intellectual disabilities – a pressing challenge | Food & Nutrition Research

Svein Olav Kolset Sigrun Hope Kjetil Retterstøl Marianne Nordstrøm Per Ole Iversen

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29219/fnr.v62.1268

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Abstract

Persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) are dependent on nutritional policies that have so far not been addressed in a systematic and health-promoting manner in Norway and other nations with a high socioeconomic standard. In many poor countries, such issues have not even been raised nor addressed. Nutritional issues facing persons with ID include the risk of both underweight and overweight. Deficiency in energy, vitamins, essential fatty acids and micronutrients can increase the risk of additional health burdens in already highly vulnerable individuals. According to the World Health Organization, the obesity rates have tripled worldwide the last decades, and recent studies suggest that the prevalence of obesity is even higher for persons with ID than in the general population. This implies additional burdens of life style diseases such as diabetes and hypertension for adults with ID. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-5, this group is characterized by intellectual difficulties as well as difficulties in conceptual, social, and practical areas of living. Their reduced intellectual capacity implies that they often have difficulties in making good dietary choices. As a group, they are dependent upon help and guidance to promote a healthy life style. To improve their health, there is a need for improved national services and for more research on lifestyle and nutritional issues in persons with ID. From a human rights perspective, these issues must be put on the agenda both in relevant UN fora and in the respective nations’ health policies.

Keywords: Intellectual disabilities; Nutrition; Health; Obesity; Staff nutritional competence; Specific syndromes; Nutritional policies

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