So why do I want to become a Family Nurse Practitioner when I’m already in my fifties?
I grew up on a dairy farm in Kansas. Neither of my parents had gone to college, but they were determined that we should. I started my career as a pharmacy assistant in high school. I discovered my interest in nursing and then went on to become a certified nursing assistant, LPN, and finally I put myself through an associate degree program to become a registered nurse. My first love was labor and delivery but I soon transitioned to NICU. After several years of experience I was able to become certified as an ECMO specialist (heart and lung bypass) for our critically ill neonatal patients. I had been working on my prerequisites for my BSN but life began to intervene and I stepped back to part-time NICU as we began our family.
Twenty years and four sons later I decided it was time to fulfill my educational goals! I started back to State College of Florida and in December 2015 I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I’m currently working in the Sarasota County mobile medical unit and enjoying this new experience. But my love of family nursing is propelling me on. So October 2016 finds me enrolled at the University of South Florida in their prestigious MSN program with the goal of becoming a family nurse practitioner. I couldn’t be happier! This is truly a dream come true.
My husband Jeff and I are blessed! Two of our sons are currently enrolled at the University of Florida in engineering. Our third son is a Senior at Riverview High IB and he is considering premed. Our youngest son is in middle school and he is looking forward to high school next year. Our sons’ see me back in school and I think it helps impress the importance of hard work, persistence and pursuing goals in life.
So why do I want to become a family nurse practitioner when I’m already in my fifties? It’s very simple. I have a lot of learning, living and caring to do. There’s a high chance that I will go on for my DNP because I truly love learning. And I’m convinced that working and doing what you love keeps your mind and body in optimal shape as you age.
This true life success story belongs to Lynne Streitmatter RN BSN. A mature and experienced nurse who decided it was time to complete the goals she set for herself many years ago. It’s a truly inspiring story. And it can be your story too. Contact the nurse education navigator today and let’s just get on with it! Do something today that your future self will thank you for tomorrow.
“Two years ago, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) implemented a strategy to propel its objective to increase the number and percentage of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree nurses in the area. SNAC is following the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) blueprint for change defined in its landmark report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The report recommends that 80% of nurses have a BSN or higher degree. This region has 33% BSNs. Nurses with higher levels of education reduce medical errors and hospital readmissions. Quite simply: with more BSNs, we have better access to better care.
SNAC’s research showed there was a need for a resource to support individuals considering a degree in nursing. SNAC created a Nursing Education Navigator (NEN) to guide, mentor, and match individuals’ needs and desires with the best programs for them considering the type of degree, accreditation, and financial assistance.
“In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced a vision of working with others to build a Culture of Health that gives everyone in America an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life they can.
Nearly two years later, a special issue of Health Affairs features early findings from research on key factors that contribute to a Culture of Health, such as the interconnection of health and social issues; the link between population well-being and life expectancy; and collaboration across the many different sectors which play a critical role in achieving better health for all.
Writes Health Affairs Editor Alan Weil: “If there is one notion that captures what is needed to create a Culture of Health, it is that existing boundary lines must be crossed. Whether it is the public and private sector, the health and social sectors, or the silos that exist within the health …” Continue Reading Here
“The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC), a local coalition of employers, academics and community leaders, has taken bold steps to help boost the number of qualified nursing instructors in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee and Desoto counties) and address the continuing nursing shortage. SNAC is addressing clinical care needs of this area because nursing schools, both here and across the country, are facing serious staffing shortages.
“Nursing students are being turned away from understaffed nursing schools at a time when more nurses than ever are needed in hospital and community care settings,” said Jan Mauck, Chief Nursing Officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and co-chair of SNAC. “By investing in nurses’ post-graduate education, we hope more nurses will become prepared to fill those critical faculty roles.”
SNAC has developed two scholarship programs: the first provides financial support for current nursing faculty in the region pursuing doctoral degrees in nursing. Candidates for the doctoral scholarship … ” Continue Reading Here