40% of States Do Not Track their Software Applications
According to data from the National Association of State Chief Information officers, 40% of states fail to keep detailed inventories of the software they use. And for many states, these software applications number 1,000 or more. In addition, the NASCIO data revealed that 50% of states reported they need to modernize their application portfolios; however, 55% of states reported they lack a strategy or are still considering one. Read more findings from the survey in the May 3 State Scoop article.
N.C. Looks to Community Colleges to Help with Nursing Shortage
Key findings from N.C. Nursecast data indicate that by 2033, North Carolina faces a shortage of almost 12,500 registered nurses and slightly more than 5,000 LPNs. State nurses and educators told the State Board of Community Colleges to consider improving educational pipelines to address the predicted shortage. The North Carolina Board of Nursing oversees nurse licensing and approval of nurse education programs—with many of these programs at North Carolina’s community colleges. A 2021 rule that increased education requirements for nursing faculty concerned many, so the Board of Nursing issued a waiver for the duration of 2021, according to EdNC on May 9.
La. Bill Clarifies Occupational Licensing Eligibility for Felons
The Louisiana House passed a bill that helps felons to understand their eligibility to obtain certain occupational licenses. House Bill 639, passing unanimously, allows felons to petition state licensing boards to determine their eligibility before they enroll in school or training, according to The Center Square on May 3. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Thomas Pressly, says the bill “provides discretionary factors for boards to use in determining whether that prior conviction relates to employment.”
Pa. to Roll Back Remaining Professional Licensing Waivers
The Pennsylvania Department of State announced on May 4 that professional licensing waivers, issued under the COVID disaster declaration, start expiring in phases, beginning May 23 and ending June 30. According to the official release, to further extend waivers beyond June 30 requires legislative action. View a list of all waivers and scheduled expiration dates on the Department of State website.