Quote from acr2001
Bingo. If there were a prize, you'd win!
Seems like this is going to put CSI between a rock and a hard place. Hopefully they finally come to their senses and open a straight-through BSN program.
Personally, I plan to become a CRNA so I will be getting my BSN. I just wish the hospital system hadn't broad-sided those of us currently working for them who had plans to work while obtaining our BSN. Some sort of warning or grandfathering in would have been fair.
Edit: I wonder what this will do for those currently in the nurse extern program. Guess they can't hire after the externship now!! From what I've been told, hospital management is just as unhappy as we are. Petitions are being circulated.
What? Where's my Kewpie Doll? *LOL*
Thought as much from the way you described your program.
Don't now how old you are and or if you are a native SI'er, but as one who is and probably a bit older can give you some background if you didn't already know.
Once there were two separate colleges: Richmond College (Saint George campus) and Staten Island Community College (Todt Hill/Sunnyside). The latter had the nursing program, whilst the former didn't.
Faced with clousre during the bad fiscal times of the 1970's both colleges were merged to form The College of Staten Island. However for long and complex reasons certain degrees remain separate. The RN to BSN program came about IIRC to give Staten Island ADN grads (SICC/CSI and at that time Saint Vinny's) to get their four year degree.
Like you for the life of me cannot understand why steps weren't taken to make the ADN program into a straight four year degree. Now that NS-LIJ one of the largest employers of nurses on the Island has made their move perhaps it will push things along.
As for the Staten Island Hospial system "blind sided" well that his what happens when the once rather insular Island is opened up to "outside" forces.
If you were to look at past and current nurses working at local SI hospitals you'd see a long list of the same three schools; Wagner, Saint Vincent's, and SICC/CSI.