Congratulations on getting your proposal approved! Wow, what an accomplishment. I did not do that part, but took over before the students arrived. It was an ADN program-two branches, and trust me, if you are the type of educator and Director that gives too much, be very careful. I am the same way and I can tell you that I allowed them all to drain me dry, especially my boss; directed two campuses and taught full-time at one campus for five months. At the end of the first year, I wanted to resign, but the board of nursing stated they would close the programs if I did so.
She paid me slave labor wages and had no money to administer these colleges. Hopefully, she will soon be removed from this state. She lost one campus one month after I resigned. What I can tell you is that the accrediting bodies should never have approved that proposal or curriculum. I am writing professionally about the nightmare of an experience and I pray it will be published. It will also be my dissertation focus: Corruption, Greed, and Politics in Nursing Education. I am passionate about keeping these types of individuals out of nursing education; it is not a money-maker, so why go into that business if that is your goal? The students paid $5k a semester for a new program. The students did not receive a quality education as no one of quality and integrity would come to work there. Plus, she rarely advertised and her salary range was very low.
One of the branch campuses is still open so these students can graduate. The local hospital CEO will support them financially because he wants the graduates because no one would travel to his hospital for the low wages he pays.
It has not been printed by the media, but it will be soon. The reporter said, this makes a great story. In my opinion, it is the saddest story in nursing education. I did testify against them in a board hearing and for that part, I am proud. There have been several very sad stories in this part of the country and this one has to beat them all.
She was ignorant enough to slander me on the phone during a job reference check. I was not terminated, but a large majority were terminated and I am not so sure some of them will recover. When I said I hoped she returned to AZ, a friend said the ultimate laugh of the day, he hoped she would go to Iraq or North Korea. It is difficult to love and forgive the unlovable.
Both programs were in compliance with the board when I resigned. There are not many advanced practice nurses in this area and they had difficulty finding a Director. Of course, it helps to advertise for that need as well.
I hope you do not have this experience...does the admin have the money for the new college? If not, get out quick! We had to have the skills lab ready for approval by the board first, then I got the final approval. The LPN Director of the programs is no longer there, but she has 35 years of experience in PN education so let me know if you have any questions via PM and I will ask her.
Good luck and above all else: be consistent, take care of yourself physically and emotionally, and stand up for YOU--trust me, when you are exhausted, no one will stand up for you.