Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on June 19, 2013 @ 8:46PM
Created on June 19, 2013 @ 6:45PM
Monday the Registered Nurses program at Salem International University is being shut down at the end of August. 5 News still hasn't heard from the president of the university yet, but some students decided to take matters into their own hands.
A group of nursing students at SIU went to the board in Charleston Wednesday afternoon to get to the bottom of the situation. 5 News met up with a few of those students before they left and they said they understand schools have problems with new programs, but they at least just want to be able to finish out what they started.
"Salem means a lot to us. The staff, you won't find staff like that anywhere else. And their program is really structured for the non-traditional student, which most of us are," said Jennifer Hairston, SIU Nursing Student.
"We're all so invested in this. We all have families. A lot of us work full time. It doesn't just impact us, but everyone around us," said Desiree Ferrell, SIU Nursing Student.
Stay with 5 News to see what happens with the RN program at SIU.
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Jun 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM
SIU Responds to Nursing Board's Decision to Withdraw Approval
Salem International University has responded to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses' decision to withdraw its approval of the School of Nursing Associate Degree program in a letter.
SIU President John Luotto requested that the board hold a special meeting to reconsider their position, citing that the board misunderstood the university's actions, according to a June 19 letter from SIU. The board and SIU personnel held a meeting on June 12 where President Luotto said the board voted unanimously to continue the provisional approval of the SIU Nursing Program. Luotto learned the following day that after he left the meeting, the board went into executive session and the vote was reversed, resulting in the revocation of the approval of the University's Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.
Luotto said the board's sudden reversal seemed to have been based on a casual conversation between Dr. Wilson and Dr. Robin Lewis, Associate Director of the Board, which created a misunderstanding.
SIU maintains that it has complied with the directives highlighted in the February 25 letter from the board. "There is nothing more important to me right now than the peace and welfare of our students," Luotto said.
A meeting date between the board and SIU has not been set.
Jun 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I was wondering if you all could dig a little deeper and find out if SIU plans on giving any of the money back these poor women have borrowed to study there because it seems to me that if SIU is not going to fight to keep the program they are failing their students and staff