They are closing my nursing program

  1. The CSU I graduated from just announced they are closing the nursing program I graduated from. Its the only BSN program in over 300 miles, one of only 11 in the state of California, and one of only 14 Certified Holistic Nursing Programs in the entire country. We live in a very repressed economy with what economy we do have is a "false economy" due to the high numbers of people with 215 and other forms of growing and not paying taxes. They voted to cut the nursing program but will keep all art programs including theater art. I understand all the arguments of "save the music" and art being a needed degree; but when it comes down to the nitty gritty nursing is a degree that is going to put money back into the economy, not starving artists.

    I am not sure if I am allowed to posts all the addresses on here on who to write petitions to; but if I am allowed and people are interested please let me know.
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  3. by   ExPharmaGirl
    Which CSU?
  4. by   vegas2009
    What part of Cali are you in?
  5. by   csadam
    Guessing Humboldt State?
  6. by   gunrock
    I believe it's Humboldt State University. I thought I read something about that recently in the news. Hopefully it doesn't happen.

    http://www.willitsnews.com/news/ci_14835382
  7. by   csadam
    Please stop by tomorrow at the Shaw Pavillion of MRCH to sign petitions, all day event!!!
  8. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    The CSU I graduated from just announced they are closing the nursing program I graduated from. Its the only BSN program in over 300 miles, one of only 11 in the state of California, and one of only 14 Certified Holistic Nursing Programs in the entire country. We live in a very repressed economy with what economy we do have is a "false economy" due to the high numbers of people with 215 and other forms of growing and not paying taxes. They voted to cut the nursing program but will keep all art programs including theater art. I understand all the arguments of "save the music" and art being a needed degree; but when it comes down to the nitty gritty nursing is a degree that is going to put money back into the economy, not starving artists.

    I am not sure if I am allowed to posts all the addresses on here on who to write petitions to; but if I am allowed and people are interested please let me know.
    I'm sorry your program is being cut, that's lousy. I just wanted to say that while theater art isn't going to save anyone's life.....it's far cheaper to run a theater art program than a nursing program. That may be why the art programs remain.
  9. by   silentRN
    This country keeps going further down the toilet. I think it's beyond saving.
  10. by   csadam
    Really, if they end up closing this program it will deeply impact our small community.
    We need all the help we can get!


    Off:
    HeartsOpenWide,
    I believe we sat in a class together today and yesterday...
  11. by   pennyaline
    I read somewhere once that nursing programs are great money losers for colleges and universities. This college no doubt totted up the enrollment and financial aid numbers and decided that the loss had gone on long enough. There is nothing romantic about financial reality.
  12. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from csadam
    Really, if they end up closing this program it will deeply impact our small community.
    We need all the help we can get!


    Off:
    HeartsOpenWide,
    I believe we sat in a class together today and yesterday...
    Yep that was me! New employee orientation, so much fun!! (that was sarcasm)
  13. by   caliotter3
    Wonder how many students who had planned on going into nursing will choose theater arts instead and how easy it will be for them to get jobs.
  14. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Yes it is HSU. And yes the theater art program alone will not save a lot of money but if they can cut a bunch of smaller and larger programs that do not produced many graduates; instead of cutting programs with graduates that have useful degrees that put back into our economy which is of utmost importance in a recession....Our nursing program is the 7th highest program out of 64 degrees in the entire college to graduate students. (yes that was a typo in one of the articles I am going to post).
    On a local News Network website:
    What do you think of the HSU Faculty Senate's recommendation to close the university's nursing program?
    • It's a shame but a necessary budget cut 12%


    • Other programs should be cut before nursing 88%


    Our area pays significantly lower than the rest of California and the majority of people that work here are one that have lived here a long time and went to Humboldt State University.

    Below are the news articles that have been running in the last few weeks.

    This is the one with the typo. It makes it sounds like the nursing program only graduates 7 nurses a year...it meant to say it was the 7th highest ranking to graduate students from their program....and the 2nd highest # of students to graduate.
    http://www.times-standard.com/ci_148...s-standard.com


    HSU's nursing program, which graduates the second-highest number of students per year as any other program being considered for elimination, is also the most expensive. The Academic Senate has estimated scrapping the program would save some $867,200 -- a major chunk of the $1.3 million needed. The department argued Saturday that its bachelor's program makes nurses more valuable and more capable in the workforce than the College of the Redwoods associate degree program.
    http://www.times-standard.com/ci_148...s-standard.com

    HSU nursing program likely to be recommended for elimination; Academic Senate to look at two packages in vote today.... Joseph Health System of Humboldt County issued a statement Monday saying it supports the program(see quote in article below). A statement by Judy Begley, St. Joseph Hospital's chief nursing officer, indicated that the program has a significant impact on local hospitals(see statement in article below).At Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata, CEO Doug Shaw said he hopes the Academic Senate chooses another direction for elimination. (see quotes in article below)
    http://www.times-standard.com/ci_148...s-standard.com

    Humboldt State University senate recommends nursing program for elimination; also votes to axe computer information systems and graduate film program.More than 50 nursing students -- most clad in their green scrubs -- turned out for the vote, after marching in protest through the campus carrying signs emblazoned with slogans like “Be fair to those who care,” “Stop Sacrificing Quality for Quantity” and “HSU Nursing Program May Save UR Life.”
    http://www.times-standard.com/ci_148...s-standard.com

    Officials voice support for Humboldt State University nursing program; Mad River Hospital to host day of support for program today.In the 48 hours after the senate's Tuesday vote, numerous elected state and national officials and local health care providers spoke up in support of the program, with some expressing grave concerns that its elimination could exacerbate a shortage of nurses in California and the nation.
    http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_14850937


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