This is the latest draft from the Education Committee. Very few, if any substantive changes have been made. Apparently, the multitude of letters and responses have not phased the education consultants one bit, as they refuse to be held accountable to us, their stakeholders:
We need to make our voice heard on April 14th at the Education and Practice Committee Meeting!!! The meeting starts at 9 AM.
If the present draft is enacted, our little school of nursing will shut down, as there is no possible way for us to exist under these conditions. We serve 4 of the poorest counties in the eastern part of the state. Health care will be very adversely affected in our region if we shut down.
Apr 9, '05
Quote from elkpark
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.
The implications in your post are troubling as our program is of very high quality. Our passage rates on the NCLEX are much better than many BSN programs across the state. I do understand where you're coming from, but these "higher standards" will emphatically not
ensure better health care in the state. Tragically, just the opposite will occur, which will result in an enormous public outcry. As a matter of fact, the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents has unanimously
condemned these education proposals as being unnecessary and irresponsible: https://allnurses.com/forums/showpos...2&postcount=23
these unfundated mandates are enacted, many nursing programs across the state will close and the health care of thousands
will be in imminent danger due to lack of nurses. This is a undeniable fact, regardless of which side of the "pro-BSN entry level" fence you are on.
Last edit by VickyRN on Apr 20, '05