College gets needed nursing program back on track

The OlympianMarch 31, 2014 

Nursing students Tanya Porter (left) and Kendra Steadman practice patient procedures July 16th during Nursing Professor Jillian Heist's lab session at South Puget Sound Community College.

STEVE BLOOM; STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

YAY: SPSCC NURSING

South Puget Sound Community College has reinvented its nursing program and will start accepting applications starting tomorrow, April 1. It’s no joke. The retooled program focuses on technology and a curriculum specifically designed for the state’s new direct transfer program. SPSCC nursing grads can enter four-year schools as seniors and finish a bachelor’s degree in three years.

New Associate Dean of Nursing Laurie Choate predicts the school is determined to recover its state and national credentials. We have no doubt the school will achieve that goal. It’s all good news for young people interested in health care jobs.

YAY: DRUG-FREE ZONES

We hope the Olympia City Council approves 1,000-foot drug-free zones around five publicly owned buildings in the downtown area. Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts supports the ordinance. It gives his department another tool to use in chasing drug-related crimes out of downtown.

Coupled with the city’s recent ban on some high-alcoholic drinks and other increased law enforcement efforts, the drug-free zones would send a clear message about what behaviors won’t be tolerated in the downtown core.

How about creating zones around the city’s parks and trails?

BOO: REVERSING DECISION

World Vision does a lot of good providing aid to people caught in crisis around the world. That’s why its decision last week to allow the hiring of married gay Christians made so much sense. Changing its mind two days later does not.

World Vision obviously succumbed to the firestorm of nasty social media comments and threats by some of its most conservative financial supporters to pull their donations. It’s sad that the World Vision board caved to financial pressure instead of standing firm in the courage of its convictions.

YAY: EXPANDING DV HELP

SafePlace and Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF) are teaming up to make it more convenient for survivors of rape and abuse to get help in the southern portion of Thurston County. SafePlace will offer legal advocacy services in both Spanish and English during ROOF’s food bank hours. Good example of serving people where they live.

BOO: KINGDOME DEBT

Good news: The Seahawks might contend for a Super Bowl repeat next season. Bad news: taxpayers still owe $43.5 million for the Kingdome, due Jan. 1, 2016.

The Washington Policy Center reports, “Taking on debt is a lot like trying to tackle Marshawn Lynch — it sounds easy right up to the point you are left behind as he runs over you … be aware the pain may linger long after the shower of Skittles ends.”

YAY: PASTOR AND WRITER

Pastor John Rosenberg of Olympia’s Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, and a member of The Olympian’s 2014 board of contributors, delivered the opening prayer at an opening session of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Denny Heck is a member of Rosenberg’s church. Sounds like a future column to us.

NOTED: LYNN SCHRADER

The man who came to Olympia from San Francisco to coordinate the city of Olympia’s project to build The Washington Center for the Performing Arts died recently at his home in Sumas at age 64. Lynn Schrader spent five years working with community groups, the city and the state to build the arts center, and left during its construction in 1985 for development positions with Seattle arts organizations.

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