Action Alert: Save HSU's Nursing Department

Call to Action from DUHC Member Shaun Case...

For those of you not aware, Humboldt State's Nursing department (of which I am a student) was voted to be eliminated by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, April 6. You can get up to speed with the news story from this 2 minute TV spot, aired by KIEM-TV channel 3:

News: http://kiem-tv.com/node/537

I am asking that you join me in taking action.

1. Below is a letter addressed to Provost Bob Snyder, who will be making the final decision regarding the elimination of HSU's nursing program. Please use the letter "as is" or as a template to inspire your own. Also, you may email Provost Snyder via his assistant, Lura, but please do so professionally! ( lura.holtkamp@humboldt.edu )

2. Facebook
If you are a facebook user, sign our wall and BECOME a FAN! We are trying to get as much public support as possible, as Provost Snyder said he is taking public support for the nursing program into account to inform his final decision! Administrators are paying close attention to the "Save HSU Nursing" facebook site! http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Save-the-HSU-Nursing-Program/110480725647644

3. Contacts:
Below the template is the list of contacts for you to call, write, fax, and email. Please support our action by contacting them! Just by calling one of them , YOU can make a big difference! Please support HSU Nursing! You could be saving a LIFE --- most likely, YOURS if you live in California where most of these nursing students will be working!

Thank you!

Best regards,
Shaun Case SN HSU (If there any questions please contact me directly!)
707-269-0544

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LETTER TEMPLATE
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April 07, 2010

Provost Robert Snyder

1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521

Dear Sir,

The disaster within the Humboldt County community regarding the potential loss of the BSN nursing program will directly impact not only the Humboldt State campus, but also all of Northern California. With the recent budget crisis, HSU is choosing to eliminate Nursing and other vital educational departments that affect our university, our community, and our State.

Humboldt County is isolated behind the redwood curtain with limited resources readily available. If the BSN nursing program is cut from Humboldt State University, it's like a house of cards falling. Many students who want to study nursing must leave the area, and will most likely find jobs elsewhere. Experienced nurses who want to advance their education and finish their BSN will also have to leave the County. Hospitals who recruit local talent will have fewer choices to draw upon, including NO Bachelor's of Nursing grads. In the end, all Northern California hospitals and health centers will be affected, as they will have far fewer nursing graduates available to meet their increasing demand.

The national and international nursing shortage is expected to intensify, as the population ages and health care needs increase. Three factors contribute to the worsening shortage of nurses: the aging population, the steadily increasing overall demand for nurses and the inability of future nurses to enter the educational pathway (Cleary, McBride, McClure, & Reinhard, 2009). Research data estimates the shortage at between half-million and one million nurses by 2025. A temporary relief has been provided by the recession, which has caused nurses to remain in the workforce longer than originally projected, but the average age of RNs in this country is nearly 47 (U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (2004).

(Fill in this paragraph with your thoughts!!)

Signature_________________________________________

Name (printed)____________________________________

Address_________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________

IMPORTANT CONTACTS: FOR saving the HSU nursing program and any and all other political actions...

1. President of HSU
Rolland Richmond
707-826-3311

2. University Provost
Bob Snyder
707-826-3711

Assistant to Provost Snyder:
Lura Holtkamp
707-826-5083
mailto:lura.holtkamp@humboldt.edu

3. Governor's Office:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160 ( new number )

4. California Nurses Association Headquarters:
2000 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA, 94612
(510) 273-2200
F: (510) 663-1625
Press Office: (510) 273-2251

5. Wes Chesbro Capitol Office:
State Capitol P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0001
Tel: (916) 319-2001
Fax: (916) 319-2101

District Offices Humboldt: (Also represents Del Norte and Trinity Counties.)
710 E Street, Suite 150
Eureka, CA 95501
Tel: (707) 445-7014
Fax: (707) 445-6607

6. Pat Wiggins
Capitol Office State Capitol, Room 4081
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4002
Fax: (916) 323-6958

District Office (Eureka)
710 E Street, #150 Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 445-6508
Fax: (707) 445-6511

7. Representative Mike Thompson (http://mikethompson.house.gov/contact/index.shtml [1])
Email: ari.giovenco@mail.host.gov

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
231 Cannon Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3311
Fax: (202) 225-4335

NAPA DISTRICT OFFICE
1040 Main Street, Suite 101
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: (707) 226-9898
Fax: (707) 251-9800

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