|May 7, 1999||Volume 6, Number 16|
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
More on Beck's comments on NursingPerhaps I was too harsh with Professor Beck in my response (April 9 OCN) to his opinion piece (March 12 OCN). Had I realized that he was not criticizing the College of Nursing, but rather was trying to get more budget for us, I might not have taken issue with his statements.
In his letter of April 23, he clarified his use of "scaled down" to mean "fewer students." That phrase could also have been interpreted as meaning a less rigorous program or a shorter program than in the past.
He also objected to my objection to his description of our program as an "efficiency initiative." It is true that the program makes efficient use of existing provincial Nursing education resources, but it was not an "initiative" created solely for the purpose of being efficient. The program was created to provide baccalaureate education.
Professor Beck has not yet explained his characterization of the program as being "ill-fated."
But all quarreling aside, I appreciate the opportunity to try to provide information to the University community about our program. Similar collaborative programs in Nursing are common in other provinces, but this type of delivery model is not well understood in this province or at this University.
- Yvonne Brown
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