Today, after completing a college search, students who decide they want to study nursing to become registered nurses, or RNs, have a few options. Some may enroll in a two-year associate's degree program, while others opt to earn a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. However, due to a new bill in New York, students may want to carefully consider which program is best for them.
According to The Associated Press, lawmakers in New York hope to launch a bill that would make it mandatory for all RNs in the state to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing within 10 years of working in the state.
As this initiative is part of a larger, nationwide plan to increase the education standards for nurses, students across the country may find similar bills proposed in their states in the future.
But still, even without this law, research shows that more students are deciding to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there was a 3.9 percent increase in the number of students who enrolled in these programs between 2010 and 2011.
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