Legislation Change Updates Membership Eligibility for Registered Nurses

Gov. Mike DeWine signed H.B. 6 on May 14, 2021. This bill amends H.B. 442, which was signed into law in January. It includes an adjustment to STRS Ohio membership eligibility for school nurses. Under the old rules, a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor’s degree in nursing would be considered an STRS Ohio member. H.B. 6 amended those rules so an RN is an STRS Ohio member if he or she has any bachelor’s degree, not just in nursing.

The new rules are effective May 14, 2021. RNs with a bachelor’s degree hired after this date should contribute to STRS Ohio. Existing RNs with a bachelor’s degree should switch to STRS Ohio starting July 1, 2021.

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