Texas Excelsior Alumni: Help with Legislation to Protect EC
- 7Mar 25, '09 by EricJRNTexas Excelsior Grads,
Check your emails for a letter from Dean Nettleton regarding House Bill 3230 and Senate Bill 1397. These bills would ensure that grads of competency-based programs (like EC) continue to enjoy unrestricted licensure in Texas. Excelsior could use our help in contacting lawmakers in support of this proposed legislation.
I know that this is an emotional issue for many of us, but it's important that we send professional impressions to our legislators regarding these bills. Think about how Excelsior has helped you achieve career goals. What have you achieved since graduation from EC? How have you changed?
Feel free to send me a PM if you haven't received the email yet. If Excelsior has helped you even half as much as it has helped me, I hope that you'll take some time and write a letter of support.
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- 0Mar 26, '09 by Raggedy AnnThanks so much Eric. I, too, am from Texas, and I am working on becoming CPNE eligible. I am sure going to do my part...This just makes me sick! I really do appreciate your support since you are already done doing your part to help excelsior plus the ones of us that have not completed our requirements yet, and those that want this opportunity in the future. You are Awesome! Traci
- 0Mar 26, '09 by KGarrettThank you so much Eric for posting the information on Texas EC students. I am CPNE elgible and currently awaiting a date. This whole thing is ashame it really makes me upset. EC has been around since 1975 and has always been in good standards. I will be writing a professional letter to our representatives. We also need help from other states.:typing
- 0Mar 26, '09 by madisentHey Guys,
I am in the same boat. I am half way through the program.
I had to go through Excelsior because I did not pass the Exit Hesi with a 850 I had a 838 so i could not get my ADN degree going through a traditional school. I will write my representives.
Will I not be able to get my RN degree through excelsior if this bill does not pass or take the NCLEX in Texas?
- 1Mar 26, '09 by KGarrettHello Madisent I think that u should continue ur studies keep focused and maintain ur grades. EC has been around since 1975 formerly known as regents college its in well standards. I spoke with a board representative and she stated that Texas board of nursing wants to verify that EC clinicals are comparable to traditional schools. Keep prayerful about the situation. And dont forget to write a letter to your senator in Texas.
- 0Mar 31, '09 by no1shomehere is the email...
your urgent help needed
contact your state legislators today
i am asking for your help in contacting your state legislators urging them to support bills that have been introduced that will maintain excelsior’s nursing program as a viable option for working adult, health care professionals to become rns.
during last year’s session, the texas legislature modified the nursing practice act in an effort to open texas to innovative nursing programs and provide guidance to the board of nursing in approving out-of-state programs by requiring it to approve a program approved by another state if the standards of that state are “substantially equivalent.” unfortunately, the board of nursing has indicated that it does not view excelsior’s program as “substantially equivalent” to texas in-state programs, and it wants to require traditional clinical training for excelsior’s associate degree nursing graduates.
this is despite the following facts and indicators of program quality:
- excelsior college is approved by regulators in our home state of new york.
- excelsior is accredited by the commission on higher education of the middle states association of colleges and schools.
- our school of nursing is accredited by the national league for nursing accrediting commission – the associate degree program has been continuously accredited since 1975.
- the school has twice been designated as a center of excellence in nursing education by the national league for nursing and is one of only 13 such centers nationwide.
- excelsior’s graduates consistently pass the national nurse licensing exam (nclex-rn) the first time at a rate equal to or higher than the national average.
two identical bills have been introduced, one each in the senate and house, that will provide for continued recognition of our school of nursing as being “substantially equivalent” to texas in-state programs.
- the senate bill is [color=#0068cf]sb 1397 (introduced by senator deuell)
- the companion bill in the house is [color=#0068cf]hb 3230 (introduced by representative pitts)
without the guidance that these bills will provide to the board of nursing, excelsior’s nursing pre-licensure program as an alternative, nontraditional means for working adult professionals to become an rn may be in jeopardy.
send letters of support
we need you to send letters and emails to your state senator and representative today asking them to support these bills. if they are not members of the senate health & human services committee or the house public health committee, ask them to urge their colleagues who are on these committees to support the bills. hearings on these may take place as early as march 31, so please send your letters and emails right away.
to locate the address for your senator and representative go to [color=#0068cf]http://www.capitol.state.tx.us and fill in your address in the “who represents me?” box on the right-hand side of the page.
these letters should be in your own words and should tell the legislators your story:
- why you want to become an rn and how important it is to you and your family.
- why you chose excelsior college to earn your degree.
- how your current and past clinical experiences are helping you to achieve your goal.
- let them know how rigorous the program is.
please send copies of your letters and emails to [color=#0068cf]firstname.lastname@example.org so we know which legislators have been contacted.
m. bridget nettleton, phd, rn
dean, school of nursing
- 0Apr 10, '09 by RN34TXi just got this e-mail today:
fight false information
rally your employers’ support for you and excelsior
we appreciate your recent efforts in writing to your state legislators in support of our nursing program. however, a new threat – the implied inferiority of your excelsior degree – has surfaced from the texas nurses association. we need you to urge your employer to support excelsior by contacting the texas hospital association.
the texas nurses association (tna) has been campaigning against sb 1397 and hb 3230 in the legislature, both of which are bills that would preserve excelsior college as an alternative path to rn licensure in texas. although the texas hospital association was an early supporter of excelsior and these bills, the tna is putting significant pressure on the hospital association to support another bill, hb 4355, that would require a “study” of the quality of excelsior’s nursing program.
the tna, through various channels and its supporters, has been making allegations that graduates of the excelsior college (formerly regents college) nursing program pose a threat to patient safety. in fact, during testimony given by board of nursing officials last week in the legislature, the bon admitted that there is no such evidence to support these allegations.
tna has been implying that excelsior’s nursing program is not “substantially equivalent” to texas nursing programs. tna has even described the cpne as simply a “check-off list.”
the bottom line: opponents of excelsior’s model of nursing education simply do not understand – or don’t want to understand – how it works or respect the quality graduates that it produces.
please let your employer know that false and misleading information is being spread about the nursing program where you earned your degree. if you know of other excelsior graduates at your facility, please join together to speak with your employer. then urge your employer to contact the hospital association immediately, to tell them of their support for you and excelsior college.
please take a moment to print our information sheet "[color=#003399]how is entry-level competency determined?" (word document file). when you speak with your employers, give them this information sheet that demonstrates how excelsior’s graduates are well-prepared as entry-level rns, and that they meet the standards expected of all new rns in texas.
m. bridget nettleton, phd, rn
dean, school of nursing