Archive for August 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Suncoast Nursing Scholarships Strengthen Regional Workforce, Support Local Nursing Schools

Shown from left: Charles Baumann (Co-Founder SNAC), Roxie Jerde (President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County); scholarship recipients Elizabeth Endress, Emily Koch, Kenneth Elliott, Dorothy Neufeld, Damon McIntyre and Nathalie Barr; Jan Mauck (Former Chief Nursing Officer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Co-Founder SNAC); scholarship recipient Yulia Crosley; and Earl Young (Scholarships manager, Community Foundation of Sarasota County).

 

SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2018) – In response to a critical and prolonged nursing shortage, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) awarded 22 scholarships totaling $74,000 today to strengthen the region’s nursing workforce and boost the number of nursing school instructors training students on the Suncoast.

The scholarships are part of a grassroots plan to develop a robust pipeline of well-educated nurses to replace a wave of retiring nurses and ensure continued access to safe, high quality care on the Suncoast.

“Nurses represent our first line of defense … their vigilance and skill at the bedside keeps patients safe and promote the best health outcomes, said Jan Mauck, former Chief Nursing Officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and co-chair of SNAC, a grassroots coalition of hospital and academic nursing leaders working together to address critical needs in the four-county Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto region. “With our population growth, and population living longer, we need to do all we can to boost the nursing workforce in our community and prepare our nurses for the challenges ahead.”

The American Nurses Association estimates that the U.S. will need to train more than a million new nurses by 2022 to offset the prolonged and worsening nursing shortage. The situation is most concerning in Florida, where the number of residents over age 65 is twice the national average and concerns are mounting over whether there will be enough to care for the largest generation living today, the retiring baby boomers.

Since 2016, SNAC has awarded $214,000 in nursing scholarships to 58 local recipients (including those awarded today). Most are slated to graduate in the next two years with a BSN degree in nursing, with plans to work locally. SNAC also has granted six scholarships to regional nursing faculty pursuing doctorate degrees in nursing. Despite the shortage, nursing schools have had to turn away tens of thousands of qualified applicants each year because they lack the facilities and faculty to train more BSN students.

“Each year, we are losing our most experienced nurses – highly skilled mentors with decades of organizational and experiential knowledge,” Mauck said. “That’s why our initiatives are focused on helping nurses earn BSNs and higher degrees. The additional education will better prepare RNs for the increasing complexity of medical technologies and treatments and give them the confidence and leadership skills to continually assess and improve clinical practices and care.”

In addition to awarding scholarships, SNAC’s initiatives also include:

  • Nursing Education Navigator (NEN) – In 2015, SNAC hired a NEN to advise and mentor people interested in a nursing career. From February 2015 through April 2018, the navigator has counseled 845 students/nurses and referred 539 to nursing programs. At least 177 are currently enrolled in accredited nursing school programs.
  • Nurse Training Programs – SNAC is helping hospitals and colleges develop and expand programs that provide direct and accelerated pathways for BSN nursing students. Local partners Florida Southwestern State College, Keiser University, State College of Florida/Manatee-Sarasota, and the University of South Florida/Sarasota-Manatee all have created new or expanded curriculums and facilities that are allowing more nurses to enroll in four-year BSN programs in their hometowns this fall.
  • Community Support – Foundations supporting the scholarships and related SNAC initiatives include the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Burruss Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation, Lela D. Jackson Foundation, Janice S. Kelly Memorial Foundation, Rita B. Lamere Memorial Foundation, and Sarah Greer Mayer Fund of the Community Foundation

About the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition: SNAC is a regional coalition made up of representatives from health systems, colleges and universities training nurses and community members in a four-county region (Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties). The grassroots group is working with the Florida Action Coalition to develop resources and help implement recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommended increasing the percentage of BSN-prepared nurses to 80 percent and doubling the number of nurses with doctorates in the United States by the year 2020, and other actions to improve nurses’ ability to positively influence the outcomes of patients in the nation. Information: (941) 780-1447 or snac4fl.org

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Nursing Education Fair: Fawcett Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, August 21st

Nursing Education Fair Fawcett Memorial Hospital Tuesday August 21 @ 11AM to 1:30 PM in the cafeteria.

 Use your HCA tuition assistance dollar$ today!

Come on down and meet your Nurse Education Navigator, Kate Garber. The NEN role is to assist anyone initiating or advancing a nursing career. Kate Garber’s services are provided FREE by the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition SNAC, a local coalition comprised of nursing academia, healthcare employers, and community volunteers. Kate will be your mentor, coach and concierge as you continue to develop your nursing career; right up to a doctorate! SNAC has awarded $214,000 in Nursing BSN and Doctoral scholarships in the last 2 years! Find out how to apply.

American Sentinel University RN > BSN/ Rn to BS/MSN/ MSN leadership/ Case mgt./ Education/ informatics/ infection prevention and control/ DNP

Chamberlin College of Nursing  Pre-licensure 3 year BSN, RN to BSN / MSN  Nurse EducatorNurse ExecutiveFamily Nurse PractitionerNursing Informatics or Healthcare Policy /   DNP

Florida Southwestern State College pre-licensure AS>RN/ RN> BSN/ BSN (in 4 years, includes ASN)

State College of Florida AS>RN   / RN to BSN/ BSN in 4 (includes ASN)

Walden University RN to BSN online / MSN / Leadership/ education/ informatics / NP adult & gerontology/ Primary or acute care NP / Psych mental health NP /DNP/ PHD

Western Governors Univ.  Pre-licensure 4 -year BSN/ competency-based RN to BSN /B.S. Health Informatics /B.S. Business—Healthcare Management /M.S. Nursing—Education / Leadership and Management/ Health Informatics

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MMH Competency/Education Fair: August 16th — Featuring Nursing Program Representatives

MMH Competency/ Education Fair includes Nursing Program Representatives to help you advance your Professional Career. Manatee Memorial Hospital Thursday August 16 @ 7:30 AM to 11:30 PM in the entry atrium. Use your MMH tuition assistance dollar$ today!

Come on down and meet your Nurse Education Navigator, Kate Garber. The NEN role is to assist anyone initiating or advancing a nursing career. Kate Garber’s services are provided FREE by the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition SNAC, a local coalition comprised of nursing academia, healthcare employers, and community volunteers. Kate will be your mentor, coach and concierge as you continue to develop your nursing career; right up to a doctorate! SNAC has awarded $214,000 in Nursing BSN and Doctoral scholarships in the last 2 years! Find out how to apply.

Florida State University Pre-licensure: Traditional 4-year BSN and accelerated BSN (Tallahassee) BSN to DNP /FNP Sarasota / Psych NP certificate

Galen College Pre-licensure 3- year BSN/ RN>BSN/ LPN / LPN> AD/BSN / AD>BSN

Keiser University   Pre-licensure: Traditional 4-year BSN and ASN and Accel BSN and Fast track BSN / RN>BSN/ MSN online / FNP/ MS/ DNP

Manatee Technical College LPN

St. Petersburg College Pre-licensure ASN/ LPN>AS/ Paramedic > AS / RN to BSN

South University Pre-licensure BSN/ RN>BSN/ RN> MSN/ MSN/education/leadership/ informatics/ FNP/ NP adult gerontology/

State College of Florida Pre-licensure AS>RN / RN to BSN / BSN in 4 (includes ASN)

University of West Florida RN to BSN/ MSN leadership / education/ new FNP program

University of South Florida   Pre-licensure: Traditional 4-year BSN and Vet to BSN and bachelor’s Second-degree sequence / RN to BSN /AS to MS/ RN to MS/ BS / BA/ B to MS/ master’s Concentrations = Adult-Gerontology Acute Care/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care /Clinical Nurse Leader/ Family Health Nursing/ Nurse Anesthesia /Nursing Education /Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing /Occupational Health Nursing/ Pediatric Health Nursing/ CRNA /Doctoral Programs/ Doctor of Nursing Practice/ PhD Program

University of South Florida   Sarasota Manatee Pre-Nursing AA leading to 4-year BSN/ Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Program

Walden University RN to BSN online / MSN / Leadership/ education/ informatics / NP adult & gerontology/ Primary or acute care NP / Psych mental health NP /DNP/ PHD

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