Budget cuts at NDSU have nursing students worried about their program.
Students are shaken as to whether their program will still be standing in the coming months. Legislators are willing to look at other avenues outside of giving the program’s control back over to Sanford as long as it doesn’t dip into the budget.
Senator Erin Oban approved this bill in the Senate before the House attached the amendment to defund the program.
Sen. Erin Oban: “Balancing the budget should not be done on the backs of students.”
Other legislators however, don’t quite see it that way. Mark Sanford will carry the bill once it is introduced on the House floor.
Rep. Mark Sanford: “It is not one less program in Bismarck.”
He explains that this bill will not necessarily shut the door on the Bismarck nursing program.
Rep. Mark Sanford: “So, the intent is not to close that program. It is to turn it back to Sanford, who is the original owner of it.”
The executive VP at Sanford attended Wednesday’s committee meeting, showing his support for the program.
Greg Lambert; Exec VP at Sanford: “Probably the most important part of this school is getting the clinical rotations. For the nursing students, and for the doctors and nurse practitioners, it is so difficult. And we’re willing to commit to that. That’s pro bono time. Pro bono time!”
NDSU students have not been silent on this issue; telling us all the ways this can ruin their future.
Alex Glatt: “When I first heard this, I was honestly ashamed and disgusted that this was even being considered. Because throughout the state we have such a shortage of nurses.”
Kim Spallinger: “At this point in my school career I can’t afford to go elsewhere or worry about are my credits going to transfer.”
Marilyn Richter: “I cried. We have one more semester after this and we graduate in December. And its like after all this hard work that every single student does in this program and to find out that we’re going to have to find another program and restart. Probably get held back even more.”
With few days remaining in the legislative session, students stay in limbo until lawmakers make their final decision. House Majority Leader Al Carlson said they will be meeting with Dean Bresciani; the President of NDSU as well as Sanford execs to try and find better solution.