The Association of California Nurse Leaders has developed an initiative to require the baccalaureate in nursing as the credential for entry into practice as a registered nurse by the year 2010 in the state of California. When nursing is compared to other health-care professions, such as pharmacy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, it becomes obvious that educational requirements for nurses must be updated. Nursing leaders have developed a 10-year action plan to change the entry-level educational requirements for California nurses.
Marjorie Barter, EdD, RN, firstname.lastname@example.org, Associate Professor and Chair, Graduate Department, School of Nursing, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, and member, Association of California Nurse Leaders Professional Practice Committee,
Patricia Lenihan McFarland, MSN, RN, email@example.com, Executive Director, Association of California Nurse Leaders, Sacramento, California.