The Florida Legislature
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Board of Nursing Addressed Statutory Changes; Nursing Program Capacity Expanded in 2009-10, Report No. 11-06, January 2011
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- To address the nursing shortage in Florida, the 2009 Legislature modified how the Board of Nursing oversees nursing education programs. Our prior report identified several issues with the board’s implementation of program approval and monitoring processes required by the new law. The 2010 Legislature amended the statutes to clarify these processes. The board has implemented the revised processes and addressed other issues we identified.
- The intent of the legislative changes was to increase the number of nursing programs and qualified nurses in Florida. Since the 2009 law took effect, the board has approved 64 new nursing programs. As a result, capacity and student enrollment in nursing programs has increased in the past year. However, data is not yet available to evaluate how the new law has affected student graduation and retention rates or employment outcomes.
What were our earlier findings?
Report No. 10-14 Since Implementing Statutory Changes, the State Board of Nursing Has Approved More Nursing Programs; the Legislature Should Address Implementation Issues,published in January 2010.
Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?
Medical Quality Assurance
Department of Health
What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?
- Report No. 13-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2012 with Increases in Program Capacity, Student Enrollment, and Graduates,published in January 2013.
- Report No. 12-07 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2010-2011,published in May 2012.
- Report No. 12-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates,published in January 2012.
- Report No. 11-18 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2009-10,published in May 2011.
- Report No. 07-45 Increased Funding and Program Delivery Changes Aim to Increase Florida’s Teachers and Nurses,published in December 2007.
- Report No. 07-04 Florida Nurse Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules Create No Unreasonable Barriers to Producing New Nurses,published in Janurary 2007.
- Report No. 06-02 Nurse Licensure Compact Would Produce Some Benefits But Not Resolve the Nurse Shortage,published in January 2006.
- Report No. 05-09 Florida Can Use Several Strategies to Encourage Students to Enroll in Areas of Critical Need,published in February 2005.
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