TRENTON, N.J. – The full Assembly approved a bill today sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz that will add two nurse educators to the state Board of Nursing, which licenses and regulates the nursing profession.

“As the delivery of healthcare continues to change, the way nursing students are educated needs to evolve as well,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “We must constantly rethink teaching methods to better prepare today’s nursing students for the increasing complexity of health care demands.

“Advice from experienced nurse educators is invaluable,” she continued. “Giving them a voice on the board will help us provide students with a thorough and comprehensive nursing education.”

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Muñoz said the legislation is in response to nursing leaders from across the state who requested that the additional members be added.

The 10-member nursing board is comprised of six registered nurses, two practical nurses, an advanced practice nurse and member of the public. Muñoz’ bill (S2058/A671) adds two nurse educators, who must be RNs, have a least five years’ nursing experience and have taught registered nurses.