i 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