February 21, 2005

New educational requirements for nursing education

Last year, the Board of Nurse Examiners and the Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners were combined under the Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE). In the midst of restructuring the rules governing both agencies in order to avoid conflicts caused by the joining of the two, the BNE has adopted new rules, as of February 4th, 2005, regarding the educational standards specific to nursing education.

The changes include:

- The addition of a petition process for the Director and faculty

- The required pass rate for the NCLEX-PN is increased to 80% from 75%

- The required faculty ratio is reduced to 10:1 from 12:1 (taking effect with the Fall 2005 class)

- The faculty requirement of 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years has been deleted. Faculty will now only have to meet the licensure requirement of 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

To see a more detailed description of this new adopted rule, click here.