Nursing Education Bill Passes Assembly

Assembly Bill 1295, authored by Assemblymember Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield), recently passed the Assembly with unanimous support. The bill requires the California Community Colleges and the California State University to jointly develop and implement a transfer pathway between Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs and Bachelor's of Science Nursing (BSN) programs that will eliminate duplicate coursework.

"Right now, only 20 percent of nurses with an ADN degree go on to earn a BSN. This bill will expand the number of more highly trained nurses," Fuller says. "In addition, an essential part of dealing with our critical nursing shortage is increasing the number of faculty that can teach nursing students. This bill will help make that happen."

The efficiencies created by AB 1295 would reduce the time to degree for these students by as much as one year, with the resulting cost savings accruing to the state and the students.

"I commend Assemblywoman Jean Fuller for carrying AB 1295 to facilitate the increase of registered nurses advancing their education. This bill will smooth the transfer process and minimize duplication of coursework already completed at the community college, which will increase the number of BSN graduates for employment in our community," says Cindy Collier, Director of Nursing at Bakersfield College.

Assemblymember Fuller represents the 32nd Assembly District which includes Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Taft, Kern River Valley, and the Frazier Mountain communities.

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