NS cuts StFX nursing school budget by over $5 million

April 21, 2010

We mentioned in yesterday's Top Ten that the Nova Scotia government reduced funding for Dalhousie University's medical school by $2.5 million. The province's health department budget also did not include an expected $5.3 million for St. Francis Xavier University's nursing school. StFX's vice-president of finance says the money was supposed to fulfil the last year of a 3-year agreement between the department and the school. The nursing school also received a block grant from the education department, and the money for the nursing program is now supposed to be taken out of that grant. The VP says the funding loss "would have a potentially devastating impact on us. It would impact not just potentially the nursing program, but the whole university." StFX has asked the heath department to restore the funding. Halifax Chronicle-Herald