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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Doctor of Nursing Practice BSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner Program Currently Accepting Applications for Fall 2020

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Doctor of Nursing Practice BSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner Program Currently Accepting Applications for Fall 2020

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) School of Nursing has received a $2.7 million *(ANEW) grant over four years from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to increase the number of Nurse Practitioners (NP) students educated to provide high-quality primary care to rural and underserved populations.

  • The focus is on improving the health outcomes of rural and underserved communities.
  • Objectives are to address value-based care delivery including telehealth simulation, chronic disease prevention and management.

Eligibility

  • Eligibility criteria include meeting the FGCU BSN to DNP-NP Program admissions criteria
  • A desire to work in primary care in a rural or underserved community

Application Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020

Applications will be accepted after March 1st on a space available basis.


DNP Nurse Practitioner Program Information Sessions will be held ONLINE on;

Tuesday 11.5.19 at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM,

Wednesday 11.6.19 at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM -4:30 PM

Thursday 11.14.19 at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM -4:30 PM

Please login using the link below:

http://fgcu.adobeconnect.com/dnpinfosession/

For admissions and program information visit the website: https://www.fgcu.edu/mariebcollege/nursing/bsndnphttps  or email Mrs. Gretchen Warn, Graduate Program Assistant at gwarn@fgcu.edu

*“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,758,171 with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”

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USF Sarasota-Manatee to host ‘Freshman Preview’ for prospective students on Oct. 12

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2019) – High school seniors and their families can learn about college life at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s “Freshman Preview,” set for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The half-day session offers prospective students an insider’s look at USFSM, which offers a high-quality, affordable education close to home. Attendees will meet current students, faculty, staff and admissions advisors and tour classrooms, the campus café, Selby Auditorium and other campus facilities.

“We are excited to show all of the opportunities Sarasota-Manatee students will have as part of a united USF,” Associate Director of Admissions Brandon Avery said. “We will be showcasing new paths to degrees, an increased degree value, and walking students through the application process. I think families will leave informed and pleasantly surprised by what we have to offer.”

The event is free and open to students who have applied to USFSM or are thinking about applying. Come out and meet your future classmates and learn about what it means to be part of the USFSM family.

Visit usfsm.edu/admissions/campus-experience/freshman-previews.aspx to reserve your spot at the Freshman Preview. For questions or more information, contact admissions@sar.usf.edu or call (941) 359-4331.

To learn more about USF Sarasota-Manatee, visit http://usfsm.edu.

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Herald Tribune Editorial: Education, community vital to easing shortage of nurses

Guest Editorial by:  Charles Baumann

“It is no secret among my friends, clients and colleagues that I have a peculiarly inquiring mind and a relentless focus on accuracy and accountability — professional side effects from 40-plus years as a CPA and business adviser in the community.

But my analytical nature is not what has compelled me to donate my time and skills to the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC). It was the vulnerability I felt waking up in a hospital room and searching for the reassuring eyes of my nurse that has motivated me to stand up for a profession so vital to our individual and community health.

That there is a shortage of nurses in the United States should not surprise anyone. Deficits in our nursing workforce have impacted our nation in varying degrees for decades.

But today’s crisis is uniquely serious: Researchers predict this one will more than double any previous nurse shortage we have experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s. It is being fueled by a perfect storm — a population that is not only growing but growing older, with an increasing incidence of chronic disease, an aging nursing workforce and limited capacity of nursing schools to replace those who are retiring.

While nurses with all levels of training are needed to provide a continuum of care to our communities, the need for baccalaureateprepared nurses in our region, and the doctorateprepared nursing faculty to train them, is most acute.

As an accountant, I measured and assessed the financial health of countless organizations and provided insights that influenced business decisions and direction. Failure to plan and prepare could result in huge financial risks for an organization …” Continue Reading from the Herald Tribune: http://sarasotaheraldtribune.fl.app.newsmemory.com/?publink=34eaac7c3

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Observer Article: Keiser University nursing instructor continues to teach lessons from 9/11 in her Lakewood Ranch classes

Keiser University Nursing Instructor, Christine Malloy

Article by: Jay Heater Managing Editor, The Observer

“Christine Malloy doesn’t want us to forget.

The Keiser University of Lakewood Ranch nursing instructor does what she can to recount the stories of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001 from the prospective of a nurse who was on the scene at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, 20 blocks from the World Trade Center in New York City.

It’s actually part of her job to make sure her students don’t forget.

Malloy said the terrorist attacks were the defining moment of her nursing career. Now she teaches specific classes where that disaster is part of the learning experience.

“It’s more than likely my nursing students will experience a disaster situation,” Malloy said. “I let them know about the disaster and about ethical issues. You have to make decisions … you want to sit and comfort a patient who is dying and you can’t.

“There are so many things you need to know and it’s so important these days. The likelihood they will experience a disaster, with all the gunshots and bombings, is high. My students are going to experience some disasters in their careers, so I take it seriously when I teach it. Their obligation is to be prepared.”

With Sept. 11 approaching, I asked Malloy to share some of her memories.

St. Vincent’s Hospital, which is no longer there, was at the corner of 12th Street and Seventh Avenue when planes struck the World Trade Center. It was the second-closest hospital and closest Level 1 Trauma Center to the scene.

Malloy, who was the director of nursing at St. Vincent’s, said she had arrived at the hospital as usual, around 7:45 a.m. and remembered what a beautiful fall day it was.

“I remember saying, ‘I wish I was at the beach.’ I thought it was going to be a routine day.”

About an hour after she arrived, Malloy looked out a window and saw a plane flying way too low.

“It looked like it was flying down Seventh Avenue,” she said. “It was just a weird sight.”

At 8:46 a.m., terrorists flew the plane into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Moments later, the hospital’s disaster bell went off. The devastation could be seen from the hospital. At 9:03 a.m., another plane hit the south tower.

Malloy didn’t know the scope of the disaster, but she knew she needed to get her staff ready. She called her husband, John, and told him she wouldn’t be home for a few days. It took about 90 minutes for the first patients to arrive and then hundreds came in the next two hours.” … Continue Reading: https://www.yourobserver.com/article/keiser-university-nursing-instructor-continues-to-teach-lessons-from-9-11-in-her-lakewood-ranch-classes

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SNAC and Florida Southwestern State College

SNAC founder Jan Mauck recently met with Florida SouthWestern State College Nursing faculty to discuss the 2 +2 BSN program and ongoing FSW participation in SNAC. FSW faculty member Angela Vitale, RN MSN is currently completing her PhD at Walden University and is partially funded by a SNAC Nursing Faculty scholarship.

Pictured Left to Right: Kate Garber, SNAC NEN; Angela Vitale MSN; Wendy Ortiz, FSW Counselor; Jan Mauck; and Bobby Holbrook MSN, ARNP, FSW Program Director, Nursing.
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USFSM to host health conference on opiate abuse: February 23, 2019

Opiate abuse has become a national health emergency, and Manatee County has been especially hard hit with one of the nation’s highest rates of opioid overdose deaths.

Tackling this crisis is a top concern of health professionals and advocates, including mental health counselors.

That is why professionals from health, community service programs and law enforcement will gather Saturday, Feb. 23, at USF Sarasota-Manatee to discuss strategies to fight this epidemic, raise awareness and promote addiction treatment services.

Behavioral health advocate and activist Leah Hill, who collaborated on the Surgeon General’s recent opiates panel, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference, “Releasing the Chokehold: Opiate Use Nationally and in our Communities,” is open to the public and features notable panelists, including Nathan Scott, the child-welfare policy coordinator at the Family Safety Alliance; Sara Smith, a marriage and family therapist at the Miami Rescue Mission; and Det. Carl Jones of the Bradenton Police Department.

“Leah is a dynamic and well-informed speaker who has graciously agreed to meet with us to discuss this critical issue and offer us her thoughts and insights,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, who chairs the Duvall Family Studies program at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “We are fortunate to have her here.”

The Duvall program sponsors the annual Family Studies Conference, including this upcoming event. The conference runs Feb. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Selby Auditorium at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $25, which includes morning pastries, coffee and lunch, and must be purchased in advance. The deadline for tickets is Feb. 20.

Visit http://usfsm.edu/duvall for information and tickets. Scroll to the link, “Register for the 2019 Family Studies Conference.”

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NEW 2019 SNAC BSN Scholarship Application / Deadline: March 1

NEW 2019 SNAC BSN Scholarship Application / Deadline: March 1

SNAC is pleased to share the 2019 application for the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition’s BSN Scholarship opportunity.  This scholarship provides financial support for current BSN candidates in the SNAC Region (Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, & Desoto Counties). The goal is to increase the number of bachelor’s prepared nurses who are working within the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) region.

This is a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for individuals in an accredited BSN nursing program. The amount awarded per person may vary and is at the discretion of the SNAC selection committee. Award amounts will be based on individual need as determined by documented sources of support (e.g. scholarships, grants) with a minimum award amount of $2,500.

The application description and all supporting materials can be found online.  The application submission is an online process.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

For questions or further information, please contact:

Earl Young

Manager of Scholarships & Special Initiatives

Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

(941) 556-7114

eyoung@cfsarasota.org

www.cfsarasota.org

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Article: Nurses Again Outpace Other Professions for Honesty, Ethics

We are proud to be nurses and share this recent research:

“More than four in five Americans (84%) again rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as “very high” or “high,” earning them the top spot among a diverse list of professions for the 17th consecutive year.” … Continue Reading: https://news.gallup.com/poll/245597/nurses-again-outpace-professions-honesty-ethics.aspx?j=3488754&sfmc_sub=23609334&l=21_HTML&u=108612022&mid=1081049&jb=12

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Four Virtual Job Fairs in Two Weeks! Network with employers!

HRSA’s Substance Use Disorder Regional Virtual Job Fairs : February and March 2019

HRSA’s Virtual Job Fairs are online recruitment events that connect students, trainees, and clinicians with health care delivery organizations. The goal of this upcoming Virtual Job Fair is to connect current and future clinicians who are providing substance use disorder services with health care organizations located in underserved communities.

HRSA is hosting four regional events in February and March. At no cost, join the HRSA Virtual Job Fairs to connect and network with health care organizations. You’ll be presented with hundreds of open positions, hear details about relocation, benefit packages, and populations served. Please choose the correct event based on your location preference.

  1. East Coast: Register for the February 26 event (4:45-7:00pm ET) if you are interested in working in an organization located within HHS Regions 1 thru 4. (Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Islands, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia).
  2. North/South Central: Register for the February 28 event (3:45-6:00pm CT) if you are interested in working in an organization located within HHS Regions 5 and 6(Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin).
  3. Mountain/Plains: Register for the March 5 event (3:45-6:00pm MT if you are interested in working in an organization located within HHS Regions 7 and 8(Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming).
  4. West Coast: Register for the March 7 event (4:45-7:00pm PT) if you are interested in working in an organization located within HHS Regions 9 and 10(Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, WashingtonAmerican Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau).

Prepare! 
After registering, participants may prepare for the Virtual Job Fair by building a searchable professional profile on the Health Workforce Connector. You can highlight and share your professional experiences, education, and employment preferences with organizations searching for qualified candidates like you! With over 6,000 job opportunities throughout 23,000+ organizations, the Connector helps future and current health professionals find careers in underserved communities.

  • For current NHSC or Nurse Corps program recipients, click here to use your current portal credentials to log in.
  • For all others, click here to set up a new account.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get real-time answers to your employment questions. To participate, you need a computer, smart phone, or other mobile technology with access to the Internet. 

Visit the Virtual Job Fair website to learn more.

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