CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire legislative committee has voted to relax qualifications for school nurses.

WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2yf1pbC) the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules on Thursday voted to allow school districts to work around a state law that requires school nurses to have a bachelor's degree and three years of pediatrics experience.

Committee members were told that the many qualified nurses are opting to work at hospitals over schools, where they can earn a higher salary.

The committee voted to allow nurses with associates degrees to staff school nurse positions. They will have to get a bachelor's or master's degree within six years, however.

The new standards take effect immediately; the plan is to officially change the law in January.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com