State budget crisis worsens Nursing shortage

  1. If this is going on here, it must be happening throughout the state and in other states with buget woes.

    This article was in our local paper yesterday (bold emphasis added by me):

    Cabrillo College's Board of Trustees will get down to the business of cutting services, courses and programs at its meeting tonight.

    The move comes after community colleges across the state were told last week that an additional $38 million is being cut from their budgets for the 2002-03 school year, even before the Legislature gets to agree on any mid-year cuts, according to the Community College League of California.

    Campuses were already making $211 million in cuts this school year.

    The cuts are a result of lower property tax collections and it's money the governor said in January the state will not replace, the league said.

    As a cost-saving method, Cabrillo's board may opt to reduce or discontinue staffing in 19 kinds of services, including:


    Disabled student programs and services;

    Children's Center;

    Learning Skills program;

    Stroke Center;

    Re-entry Center;

    Teaching and Learning Center;

    Foster Kinship Care;

    Nursing program;

    Counseling services.

    To reduce the need for layoffs, the board will consider discontinuing the recruiting process for six positions it agreed to hire in an attempt to meet the state-imposed need for a 75-25 full-time, part-time faculty ratio.

    The board also could offer its senior employees the option of retiring early from April 1 through June 1. Employees taking the college up on this offer would get two extra years of service credit. Seventeen employees have agreed to take the "Golden Handshake."
    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/arc...es/06local.htm
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   cactus wren
    That`s just plain DUMB !!!
  4. by   Vsummer1
    In some ways, they are actually increasing our nursing program. Two local hospitals have agreed to share the salary of one full time instructor in the RN program. This means about 20 more per year to graduate. However, they have cut some of the classes that were offered during summer and winter break. We can no longer take the 8 week classes in summer, so it may take longer to graduate the students even with the extra faculty position.

    Which means that some students will take a year longer... so much for that "2 year" degree that even our catalog admits is a minimum 3 year ADN and with the budget cuts may now take 4 years!!!!
  5. by   colleen10
    I am in PA and just recently our new governor announced that our state budget is WAY in debt, I think I saw an article yesterday that said it was in the billions.

    They will be cutting just about all of the budgets throughout the state, I'm sure education will get hit. Within the next few weeks they will start announcing specifically which budgets will get hit and by how much, there will be many lay offs of state gov. jobs.

    I will keep an eye out for specifically education and CC programs. I'm sure despsite the cuts in programs we'll all see tuition increases.
  6. by   Enright
    Wisconsin state-employee nurses have not had a raise in 2 years. Now they are starting to finalize some layoffs of those who take care of our developmetnally disabled. Although few nurses will actually be laid off, those of us who remain are vastly underpaid. With our terrible budget situation, everyone is pointing fingers, esp. at state employees.
  7. by   P_RN
    South Carolina is having terrible budget problems also. There have been no raises, but the health insurance had gone up. Most agencies have needed to lay off staff and cut their budgets severely. The cuts are from 15-19%. Employees are being asked to take furloughs without pay. Mental Health is particularly hard hit.
  8. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by Enright
    Wisconsin state-employee nurses have not had a raise in 2 years. Now they are starting to finalize some layoffs of those who take care of our developmetnally disabled. Although few nurses will actually be laid off, those of us who remain are vastly underpaid. With our terrible budget situation, everyone is pointing fingers, esp. at state employees.
    Our area is losing the only developmentally disabled home....serves 52 counties. Governor (who I didn't vote for) wants to put them in county homes so they have to eat the brunt of the cost.

    Over 500 will lose their jobs.

    In other related news, we've had 10 new nursing instructors start last fall. Our nursing program is growing...too fast IMO.

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