The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (Commission) is responsible for licensure, license renewal, and discipline of licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered nurses (RN). The Commission also approves nursing education programs, curricula, and examination requirements for license applicants.
To receive an LPN, an applicant must:
To receive an RN, an applicant must:
All nursing programs preparing students for licensure must provide faculty planned clinical or direct patient care experiences based on program outcomes and goals. The number of clinical or direct patient care experience hours must be at least:
The Commission must limit the number of clinical or direct patient care experience hours required for RN and LPN licensure. The number of clinical or direct patient care experience hours must be at most:
The Commission must annually review the number of hours and may adjust if necessitated by the national licensing or accreditation standards.
PRO: This bill is simple and important. Restricting the number of clinical hours required for nursing education programs adds flexibility, and helps get more students into the workforce. This does not change the subject matter or quality of experiential hours, but uses resources effectively and opens up clinical rotation for other students.