Florida Senate - 2023 SB 274 By Senator Avila 39-00236B-23 2023274__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to nursing education pathway for 3 military combat medics; providing a short title; 4 amending s. 464.0195, F.S.; revising a primary goal of 5 the Florida Center for Nursing to provide that 6 development of a statewide plan for nursing manpower 7 must include the encouragement and coordination of the 8 development of partnerships with hospitals which 9 provide opportunities for nursing students to obtain 10 clinical experience; amending s. 1004.096, F.S.; 11 defining the term “accredited program”; requiring that 12 the Articulation Coordinating Committee convene a 13 workgroup to establish a process for determining 14 postsecondary course equivalencies and the minimum 15 postsecondary credit or career education clock hours 16 that must be awarded in accredited nursing education 17 programs for military training and education required 18 for service in specified positions; providing for the 19 composition of and the provision of administrative 20 support to the workgroup; requiring that the workgroup 21 ensure that the award of credit for military training 22 and education does not impair a nursing education 23 program’s ability to comply with requirements relating 24 to the approval of nursing education programs; 25 requiring the workgroup to provide, by a specified 26 date, recommendations regarding the determination 27 process to the Board of Governors and State Board of 28 Education for approval; requiring that, upon approval 29 of the recommendations, the Articulation Coordinating 30 Committee facilitate the review of military training 31 and education received by individuals who served in 32 specified positions and the determination of minimum 33 postsecondary credit or career education clock hours 34 awarded for specified military training and education; 35 requiring that the Articulation Coordinating 36 Committee, within a specified timeframe and annually 37 thereafter, approve a prioritized list of 38 postsecondary course equivalencies and the minimum 39 postsecondary credit or career education clock hours 40 that must be awarded for such training and education; 41 requiring the Board of Governors and State Board of 42 Education to adopt the prioritized list; requiring 43 that the minimum postsecondary credit or career 44 education clock hours be delineated in a required 45 statewide articulation agreement; requiring state 46 universities, Florida College System institutions, and 47 career centers to award postsecondary credit or career 48 education clock hours in nursing education programs 49 based on the prioritized list; authorizing the award 50 of additional postsecondary credit or career education 51 clock hours; providing that such postsecondary credit 52 or career education clock hours are transferable; 53 providing an effective date. 54 55 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 56 57 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Pathway for 58 Military Combat Medics Act.” 59 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 60 464.0195, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 61 464.0195 Florida Center for Nursing; goals.— 62 (2) The primary goals for the center shall be to: 63 (a) Develop a strategic statewide plan for nursing manpower 64 in this state by: 65 1. Conducting a statistically valid biennial data-driven 66 gap analysis of the supply and demand of the health care 67 workforce. Demand must align with the Labor Market Estimating 68 Conference created in s. 216.136. The center shall: 69 a. Establish and maintain a database on nursing supply and 70 demand in the state, to include current supply and demand. 71 b. Analyze the current and future supply and demand in the 72 state and the impact of this state’s participation in the Nurse 73 Licensure Compact under s. 464.0095. 74 2. Developing recommendations to increase nurse faculty and 75 clinical preceptors, support nurse faculty development, and 76 promote advanced nurse education. 77 3. Developing best practices in the academic preparation 78 and continuing education needs of qualified nurse educators, 79 nurse faculty, and clinical preceptors. 80 4. Collecting data on nurse faculty, employment, 81 distribution, and retention. 82 5. Piloting innovative projects to support the recruitment, 83 development, and retention of qualified nurse faculty and 84 clinical preceptors. 85 6. Encouraging and coordinating the development of 86 academic-practice partnerships, including partnerships with 87 hospitals which provide opportunities for nursing students to 88 obtain clinical experience, to support nurse faculty employment 89 and advancement. 90 7. Developing distance learning infrastructure for nursing 91 education and advancing faculty competencies in the pedagogy of 92 teaching and the evidence-based use of technology, simulation, 93 and distance learning techniques. 94 Section 3. Subsection (3) is added to section 1004.096, 95 Florida Statutes, to read: 96 1004.096 Postsecondary credit for military training and 97 education courses.— 98 (3)(a) For purposes of this subsection, the term 99 “accredited program” has the same meaning as in s. 464.003. 100 (b) By July 15, 2023, the Articulation Coordinating 101 Committee shall convene a workgroup that is responsible for 102 establishing a process for determining postsecondary course 103 equivalencies and the minimum postsecondary credit or career 104 education clock hours that must be awarded in an accredited 105 program for military training and education required for service 106 as an Army Combat Medic Specialist, a Navy or Fleet Marine Force 107 Hospital Corpsman, an Air Force or Space Force Aerospace Medical 108 Service Technician, or a Coast Guard Health Services Technician. 109 1. The composition of the workgroup and the provision of 110 administrative support to the workgroup must be as provided in 111 paragraphs (2)(a) and (b). The workgroup shall ensure that the 112 award of postsecondary credit or career education clock hours 113 does not impair an accredited program’s ability to comply with 114 the requirements identified in s. 464.019. 115 2. The workgroup shall provide its recommendations 116 regarding the process for awarding postsecondary credit or 117 career education clock hours to the Board of Governors and the 118 State Board of Education by December 1, 2023, for approval at 119 the next meeting of each board to allow for adequate public 120 notice. 121 3.a. Upon approval of the workgroup’s recommendations by 122 the Board of Governors and the State Board of Education, the 123 Articulation Coordinating Committee shall facilitate the review 124 of the military training and education received by individuals 125 who served as an Army Combat Medic Specialist, a Navy or Fleet 126 Marine Force Hospital Corpsman, an Air Force or Space Force 127 Aerospace Medical Service Technician, or a Coast Guard Health 128 Services Technician for postsecondary course equivalencies and 129 the minimum postsecondary credit or career education clock hours 130 that must be awarded for that training and education. 131 b. Within 1 year after such approval, the Articulation 132 Coordinating Committee shall approve a prioritized list of 133 postsecondary course equivalencies, and the minimum 134 postsecondary credit or career education clock hours that must 135 be awarded in an accredited program for such military training 136 and education. The list must be updated annually. The Board of 137 Governors and the State Board of Education shall adopt the list 138 approved by the Articulation Coordinating Committee at their 139 next respective meetings. For the purpose of statewide 140 application, postsecondary course equivalencies and the minimum 141 postsecondary credit or career education clock hours that must 142 be awarded in an accredited program for such military training 143 and education must be delineated by the State Board of Education 144 and the Board of Governors in the statewide articulation 145 agreement required by s. 1007.23(1). 146 4. State universities, Florida College System institutions, 147 and career centers shall award postsecondary credit or career 148 education clock hours for such military training and education 149 based on the list adopted pursuant to sub-subparagraph 3.b. if 150 the credit or career education clock hours are applicable toward 151 the student’s degree or certificate and may award additional 152 postsecondary credit or career education clock hours as 153 appropriate. Postsecondary credit or career education clock 154 hours awarded under this subsection are transferable from one 155 state university, Florida College System institution, or career 156 center to another. 157 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.