Legislative committee votes to relax school nurse standards
Sep. 21, 2017
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.
Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com