Let Senior BSN Students Keep GPN Status/ Sit for NCLEX-PN

Let Senior BSN Students Keep GPN Status/ Sit for NCLEX-PN

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Jessica Jackson started this petition to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

As part of Executive Order 202 issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a waiver was introduced that allowed NYSE to issue limited permits to students who completed year three of a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program to practice as GPNs (graduate practicing nurse) in an LPN (license practical nurse) position. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the national nursing shortage however, this waiver offered a way to help fill critically inadequate nursing staff needs. This waiver has been revoked as of June 25, 2021, leaving qualified GPNs like myself and my fellow peers unable to practice in positions we have dutifully fulfilled during our community’s time of need and healthcare facilities without our much-needed help. 

The Governor has stressed throughout this pandemic the need to follow the science and to fill the need. We are qualified for this work by virtue of the fact that we are doing it. In light of nursing staffing shortages in New York State, there is a need to be filled. We need to fill this need. The waiver deemed three years of a BSN completed as equivalent to the completion of an LPN program and thus allowed students like me to obtain limited permits and practice as GPNs. Typically, a GPNs limited permit expires one year from date of issue or after the permit holder takes the NCLEX exam (whichever comes first) however, this promised time has been taken from us. The expiration of the waiver has since stripped us of our equivalency status and rendered our permits null.

We are asking for the reinstatement of this waiver and/or permission to sit for the NCLEX-PN and receive our LPN license. As seniors in a BSN program we have completed over 300 clinical hours and mastered all core skills and competencies necessary for LPN practice. We have competently maintained our positions as GPN/LPNs, are highly capable, and deserve the opportunity to continue practicing. Not only will the perseveration of our positions aid staffing needs the practical experience will be invaluable to our education as we prepare to enter the work force as RNs next year.

We were there for New York State when we were needed most, now we are asking New York State to be there for us. So, I implore you to sign this petition and support the fight to maintain our positions as GPNs and continue doing the work we love to do.

 

 

 

 

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