I live in a rural, economically depressed part of the state, and have been full-time faculty in the small ADN program in my area. I am well aware of the issues you mention -- I still think there is value in upgrading the standards for nursing programs
. Back when I was ADN faculty and active in the state ADN faculty group (several years ago), there was quite a bit of talk about how we had too many ADN programs in the state (based on our population, compared to other states -- for instance, four times
as many programs as SC, and we certainly don't have four times the population!) and many of them were of, shall we say, somewhat dubious quality -- there was open discussion then
of what programs would/should be shut down, and instead, several more have been opened since then.
I realize that the negative impact on your community of your program shutting down would be significant, as it would be in my area (and I realize you don't want to lose your job). But the reality is (IMHO
) that not every community has the panoply of resources necessary to support a strong nursing program that provides a quality education to its students. I believe that raising the standards for nursing faculty and nursing programs in the state can only benefit (in the long run, in the larger sense) the public -- and that is who the BON serves.