NEW JERSEY REGISTER
VOLUME 38, ISSUE 18
ISSUE DATE: SEPTEMBER 18, 2006
LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
NEW JERSEY BOARD OF NURSING
Proposed Amendments: N.J.A.C. 13:37-1.1 and 1.3
Eligibility for Accreditation; Provisional Accreditation
Authorized By: New Jersey Board of Nursing, George Hebert, Executive Director.
Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:11-24.
Calendar Reference: See Summary below for explanation of exception to calendar requirement.
Proposal Number: PRN 2006-315.
Submit written comments by November 17, 2006 to:
George Hebert, Acting Executive Director
New Jersey Board of Nursing
PO Box 45010
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07101
The agency proposal follows:
Pursuant to its rulemaking powers found in N.J.S.A. 45:11-24, the New Jersey Board of Nursing (the Board) proposes amendments to N.J.A.C. 13:37-1.1 and 1.3, to delete reference to registered professional nurse completion programs. The Board believes that it should only accredit those nursing programs that lead to licensure as a nurse in order to ensure that applicants for licensure are adequately prepared to practice safely and effectively. Registered professional nurse completion programs are nursing programs that provide licensed registered nurses an opportunity to obtain a bachelors degree. Since students in these programs are already licensed, the Board need not accredit these programs as the students have already shown, by obtaining their licenses, that they are adequately prepared to practice safely and effectively.
As the Board has provided a 60-day comment period on this notice of proposal, this notice is excepted from the rulemaking calendar requirement pursuant to N.J.A.C. l:30-3.3(a)5.
The proposed amendments may increase the number of registered professional nurse completion programs offered in New Jersey. The Board accreditation process is lengthy and demanding. The fact that sponsors of registered professional nurse completion programs will no longer need to obtain Board accreditation may make offering such programs more attractive, leading to more programs being offered.
The Board believes that the proposed amendments will have a positive economic impact on registered professional nurse completion programs. Since these programs will no longer need to obtain Board accreditation, they will no longer bear the cost of complying with Board requirements for accreditation.
Federal Standards Statement
A Federal standards statement is not required because there are no Federal standards or requirements applicable to the education requirements of the proposed amendments.
The Board does not believe that the proposed amendments will lead to an increase or decrease of jobs in the State.
Agriculture Industry Impact
The proposed amendments will not impact the agriculture industry of this State.
Regulatory Flexibility Statement
A regulatory flexibility analysis is not required because the proposed amendments do not impose reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements on small businesses. All of the nursing schools that provide registered professional nurse completion programs in New Jersey employ more than 100 full-time employees and are therefore not considered small businesses under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, N.J.S.A. 52:14B-16 et seq.
Smart Growth Impact
The Board does not anticipate that the proposed amendments will have any impact on the achievement of smart growth and implementation of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, otherwise known as the State Plan.
Full text of the proposal follows (additions indicated in boldface thus; deletions indicated in brackets [thus]):
13:37-1.1 Eligibility for accreditation
(a)-(b) (No change.)
(c) The following educational programs, when offered by an institution that meets the requirements of (b) above, shall be considered eligible for accreditation by the Board as nursing programs:
1.-2. (No change.)
3. Generic baccalaureate degree programs: For purposes of this subchapter, a baccalaureate degree program is a program conducted by an educational institution with a program in nursing, which leads to a baccalaureate degree in nursing and makes a student eligible for licensure as a registered professional nurse. The educational institution shall be licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education for the purpose of granting baccalaureate degrees[. Registered professional nurse completion programs, which are educational programs that provide licensed registered nurses who do not have a baccalaureate degree the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degrees, shall be considered baccalaureate degree programs];
4.-6. (No change.)
13:37-1.3 Provisional accreditation
(a)-(b) (No change.)
[(c) A registered professional nurse completion program, as defined in N.J.A.C. 13:37-1.1(b)3, shall be granted accreditation once it has graduated its first class and has submitted a self-study report to the Board.]
Recodify existing (d)-(f) as (c)-(e) (No change in text.)