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          Bill No:  AB 867
          Author:   Nava (D) and Arambula (I), et al
          Amended:  8/17/10 in Senate
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE  :  8-0, 7/15/09
          AYES:  Romero, Huff, Alquist, Hancock, Liu, Padilla,  
            Simitian, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Maldonado

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  11-0, 8/12/10
          AYES:  Kehoe, Ashburn, Alquist, Corbett, Emmerson, Leno,  
            Price, Walters, Wolk, Wyland, Yee
           
          ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  71-7, 6/3/09 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    California State University:  Doctor of Nursing  
          Practice 
                      degree:  pilot program

           SOURCE  :     California State University


           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes the California State  
          University (CSU) to establish a Doctor of Nursing Practice  
          degree pilot program at three campuses chosen by the Board  
          of Trustees, limited to no more than 90 full-time  
          equivalent students at all three campuses combined.  The  
          program would focus on the preparation of clinical faculty  
          to teach in postsecondary nursing education programs and  
          may also train nurses for advanced nursing practice or  
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          leadership.  If CSU creates a degree pursuant to this bill,  
          it requires CSU, the Legislative Analyst's Office, and the  
          Department of Finance to jointly conduct a statewide  
          evaluation of the degree pilot program.  The results of the  
          evaluation shall be reported, in writing, to the  
          Legislature and the Governor on or before January, 1, 2017,  
          as specified.

           ANALYSIS  :    Current law provides that the primary mission  
          of CSU is undergraduate and graduate instruction through  
          the master's degree.  It specifies that CSU (1) shall offer  
          undergraduate and graduate instruction through the master's  
          degree, and (2) may offer doctoral degrees jointly with the  
          University of California (UC) or other independent  
          institutions of higher education provided they are approved  
          by the California Postsecondary Education Commission  
          (CPEC).  Current law also authorizes CSU to independently  
          award the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree focused solely  
          on preparing administrative leaders for California public  
          K-14 schools.  

          In setting forth the missions and functions of California  
          public and independent institutions of higher education,  
          current law provides, among other things, that UC "has the  
          sole authority in public higher education to award the  
          doctoral degree in all fields of learning, except that it  
          may agree with the CSU to award joint doctoral degrees in  
          selected fields."
           
           This bill authorizes CSU to establish a Doctor of Nursing  
          Practice degree pilot program at three campuses chosen by  
          the Board of Trustees, limited to no more than 90 full-time  
          equivalent students at all three campuses combined.  The  
          program would focus on the preparation of clinical faculty  
          to teach in postsecondary nursing education programs and  
          may also train nurses for advanced nursing practice or  
          leadership.  If CSU creates a degree pursuant to this bill,  
          it would require CSU, the Legislative Analyst's Office, and  
          the Department of Finance to jointly conduct a statewide  
          evaluation of the degree pilot program.  The results of the  
          evaluation shall be reported, in writing, to the  
          Legislature and the Governor on or before January, 1, 2017,  
          as specified.
           







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          Comments  

          This bill resulted from a study by the CSU Nursing  
          Doctorate Advisory Committee, comprised of CSU  
          representatives and a research consultant, to determine how  
          best to address California's nursing faculty shortage.  CSU  
          asserts this bill is necessary for training future CSU and  
          California Community College nursing faculty.  CSU's 18  
          pre-licensure nursing programs are full and unable to  
          expand, in part because there are not enough faculty  
          available to meet the low student-to-faculty ratios  
          required by accreditors and licensing boards for these  
          programs.  In addition, CSU points out the new program will  
          allow it to train more advance practice nurses, which may  
          be the educational level necessary for certification in the  
          future. 

          According to a June 2008 study by the California Institute  
          for Nursing & Health Care, more baccalaureate- and  
          graduate-prepared nurses will be needed as California  
          strives to fill a forecasted shortage of 116,000 nurses by  
          2020.  Currently, 70 percent of graduating nurses have  
          two-year Associate of Arts degrees, and only 26 percent of  
          these go on to secure a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or  
          graduate-level degree. 

           Prior legislation  .  On April 17, 2008, the Senate Education  
          Committee passed (9-0) SB 1288 (Scott), 2007-08 Session,  
          which would have authorized CSU to offer DNP degree  
          programs.  The bill was held in the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

          It is the intent of the legislature that CSU seek private  
          donations or other nonstate funds to fund startup costs for  
          the degree pilot program.

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/17/10)

          California State University (source)
          American Nurses Association/California
          American Federation of State, County and Municipal  







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          Employees
          Asian Americans for Community Involvement
          California Hospital Association
          California State Student Association
          Coast Community College District
          Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce
          Joint Venture Silicon Valley
          Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
          San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
          Silicon Valley Leadership Group
          Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Arambula, Beall, Bill Berryhill, Tom  
            Berryhill, Blumenfield, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero,  
            Charles Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto,  
            Davis, De La Torre, De Leon, DeVore, Emmerson, Eng,  
            Evans, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani,  
            Gaines, Galgiani, Gilmore, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi,  
            Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Knight,  
            Krekorian, Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza,  
            Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello, John A. Perez, V. Manuel  
            Perez, Price, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Silva, Skinner,  
            Smyth, Solorio, Audra Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson,  
            Torres, Torrico, Tran, Villines, Bass
          NOES:  Anderson, Blakeslee, Duvall, Garrick, Miller,  
            Nielsen, Portantino
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Block, Yamada


          PQ:mw  8/17/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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