Support the Extension of Nurse Licensure Flexibilities!
In the fall of 2021, Governor Hochul declared a health care workforce emergency via Executive Order 4 (E.O. 4). That Executive Order has been extended monthly ever since, allowing several workforce flexibilities that enable health care providers to provide the best quality care possible, despite the shortage of available health care staff in New York. Among these flexibilities is one that allows nurses licensed in other states to work in New York.
However, the Governor has indicated that the extensions of E.O. 4 are winding to a close. In late May, the Governor extended the E.O. to June 8th. While the Governor opted to extend again until June 22nd, it is clear that monthly extensions of these crucial E.O. workforce flexibilities will not continue beyond June.
Fortunately, the Legislature is working to address the continuation of certain nurse licensure flexibilities, and the opportunity for nurses from other states to continue their work in New York, via A.6697/S.7492. The bill would allow nurses from other states to apply for a temporary authorization with the State Department of Education to continue their work in New York and enable providers to continue to employ these critical staff.
Please enter your information below to contact your lawmakers, urging them to support and pass A.6697-B (Fahy)/S.7492-B (Stavisky). You can also access LeadingAge NY's memo of support here.