With 8 years into the program and 2 years remaining, the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors will be meeting at 4:30 P.M. on October 30, 2012 to discuss the program's future. From information provided by Sequoia Hospital, we find that of nearly 320 nursing graduates, only 80 were hired by Sequoia Hospital with 64 still employed there. Information on the whereabouts of the other graduates is apparently unknown, except that 9 of them were said to have obtained employment in Palm Springs.
It has been my contention that the $25,000 District subsidy of each nurse's education should have instead been financed by loans from the California Nurses Association, which could easily have collected repayment regardless of where the nurses were employed.
In order to preserve District assets, subsidy of this Program should be terminated as soon as possible. With dissolution of the Sequoia Healthcare District those assets would then pass on to our schools, fire districts, etc.
RATIONALE FOR THE PROGRAM See: Web Link
"To prepare a ready supply of registered nurses for our community, the Sequoia Healthcare District created a unique partnership among Cañada College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), and Sequoia Hospital with the goal of producing 300-400 new nurses for this region over the next ten years. The first cohort began in September 2004. Graduates of the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree."
"The Sequoia Healthcare District is underwriting the program in the amount of $1M per year and has provided $650,000 for a state-of-the-art nursing skills lab on the Cañada College campus."