The Reinstatement of the Nursing Program at SUNY New Paltz

Now is not the time to limit the educational opportunities for nurses that will ultimately serve the public and our communities with high quality health care.

The Suny New Paltz administration has not only broken faith with nursing students and nurses seeking accessible, affordable and high quality upper level/advanced education, but it has broken faith with the residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley and citizens of New York State.

The executive decision that they have made to eliminate the SUNY New Paltz Nursing program comes at a time when proposed legislation, A2079 andS1074, would require a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing within 10 years of inital RN licensure. It comes at a time when 40,000 eligible nursing students are annually turned away from nursing programs primarily due to lack of faculty; the very faculty that have come from these higher education programs. It comes at a time when the American population age 65 and older will double between the years 2000-2030,thus requiring more access to our health care systems and the shortage of nurses is estimated to reach 800,000 by the year 2020.

Please show your support by signing this petition to inform SUNY New Paltz Administration that they should rescind their decision to elimiante the Nursing Programs.