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RN Board Cuts Off SIU Program: Officials & Students React
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on June 17, 2013 @ 6:45PM
Created on June 17, 2013 @ 5:49PM

The Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses is withdrawing their approval of Salem International University's School of Nursing Associate Degree Program in August.

According to the board, back in February they gave SIU a list of problems the school had that they were suppose to fix, but apparently never did. The president and other officials held a meeting for the students addressing the issue, but the president said he didn't want to speak on the matter until later this week.

5 News did talk to the vice president and he said he believes it truly is a misunderstanding. He said when they got the list of the issues, they fixed them, addressed them, and supplied the board written answers to all their questions. He told 5 News they even invited board members to physically come check out their program. Regardless, there are over 100 students who are now out of school and not happy about it.

"They didn't answer any of us. They just kept saying they didn't have any comments and then they all walked out on us. So all the hard work, all the money that we've put in is just worthless. I just don't know. I'm just so upset about it right now. I really don't know what I hope happens," said Samantha Blackenship, Nursing Student. 

"We were lied to, repeatedly lied to. It's a shame that everybody here as no plan. We don't know what the future holds for us. We signed on the dotted line. We entrusted you with our time. And now all of us that are in the program, we have nothing," said Michele Caynor, Nursing Student.

The vice president said they hope to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible, so they can get their students back to class.

Stay with 5 News for this developing story.


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