|Assembly Regulated Professions|
Democratic Research Aide: Keith White
Group - B
Caride, Singleton, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Boost Certification Requirements for School Nurses, Ensure they are Well-Qualified Goes to GovernorLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Benjie Wimberly to restore previous certification requirements for school nurses to ensure they are aptly qualified to care for students received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
The bill (A-1256) was prompted by the State Board of Education's decision in 2013 to reduce the minimum requirements to apparently address the shortage in nurses. However, the New Jersey State Nurses Association contends the reason for the change was to reduce costs for school districts by hiring less qualified applicants at lower salaries.
"Lowering these requirements reduces salaries by using lesser skilled nurses, and jeopardizes the health of our students," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic).