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Charlotte County Scholarship Opportunities

Charlotte County Scholarship Opportunities

Charlotte Community Foundation offers several scholarships for Nursing Students residing in Charlotte County.

Available scholarships include:
Nora Penton Beatty Nursing Scholarship
Nursing Scholarship
Health Professions Scholarship
Click here for details and eligibility requirements for all available scholarships:

Higher Learning: SCF takes action against nursing shortage

Higher Learning: SCF takes action against nursing shortage

A nursing shortage is not just an employment issue; it has the potential to be a health care crisis. As the profession expands and retirements loom, our higher education institutions bear the responsibility to educate and train enough highly qualified nurses to meet the demand of our hospitals and health care providers.

Our hospitals want nurses with bachelor’s of science degrees in nursing, or BSNs. As health care becomes more complex, our nurses need more education to meet the emerging challenges. Local hospitals require a registered nurse to have a BSN within three to five years of employment. The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC), which monitors the nursing profession in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, has set the goal to have 80 percent of nurses with baccalaureate degrees by 2020. SNAC reports that the four-county region is currently just above 31 percent with BSNs… Read more:



You’re Invited! A Regional Approach to Increasing BSN Nurses in Florida, by Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

You’re Invited! A Regional Approach to Increasing BSN Nurses in Florida, by Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

In this free webinar, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition will share a collaborative approach that is increasing the percentage of BSN-prepared nurses on the Suncoast (Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte-Desoto counties) and successful strategies others can use to help achieve the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations that 80 percent of the nursing workforce have a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2020.

What: A Regional Approach to Increasing BSN Nurses in Florida, by Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition
When: Oct. 25, 2017 • 12 pm EDT
How: Joining is easy and just takes a few seconds. Simply click the link below to register:

Continuing Education: 1.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded for completion of this activity. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Should Nurse Practitioners Have Full Practice Authority?

Are you a Nurse Practitioner? Want to become one? Check out this resource that highlights the key differences between full, reduced and restricted practice authority for nurses and how removing the scope of practice barriers can improve population health. It provides insights on the way limited levels of practice can hinder the ability to provide quality care. SNAC hopes it will spark an interest in advancing your nursing education. Contact Kate Garber, your Nurse Education Navigator, for information on NP options for your future.



NURSES!!! DEADLINES APPROACHING! Learn how you can earn your BSN or MSN. Register for a 15 minute webinar.

Webinars are coming up to learn how you can earn your BSN or MSN. Plus find out how you can take advantage of $1000 partnership discount for online opportunities. The application deadline for January 8, 2018 classes is December 4thRegister today!

Click here for registration links: UWF BSN and MSN September WEBINAR SCHEDULE-CH


Call for Book Scholarship Applications


The Suncoast Organization of Nurse Executives (SCONE) is seeking applications for book scholarships for nurses pursuing BSN or higher degrees. SCONE supports the recommendation from the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020. These recommendations are gaining momentum through the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, which is a national initiative to implement the recommendations from the IOM.

Applicants must be pursuing BSN or higher degrees and do not need to be a member of SCONE. The application deadline is Monday, October 2, 2017. We plan to award several $200 book scholarships at the December general membership meeting.

Application: SCONE BOOK Scholarship Application 2017


NEWS RELEASE: Suncoast Scholarships Address Shortage of Nursing Faculty & Bachelor-Prepared Nurses

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) awarded 17 nursing scholarships today to help address a shortage of bachelor-prepared nurses (BSN) and doctoral-prepared nursing instructors in the Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee and Desoto counties region.

Even though decades of research validates the link between BSN-prepared nurses and better patient outcomes and care, roughly half of all nurses graduating today are bypassing standard bachelor’s degrees and becoming licensed RNs through faster, more accessible associate degree programs to meet the needs of today’s employer needs.

“As point-of-care providers, nurses play important prevention and intervention roles across all hospital and healthcare settings – inpatient, outpatient and home health care,” said Jan Mauck, co-chair of SNAC and former Chief Nursing Officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “More nurses with bachelor’s degrees are needed at the bedside, while those with doctorates are needed in faculty and leadership roles to ensure optimal patient care.”

Many nurses complete an associate’s degree and become licensed as a registered nurse (RN) with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree later. One of the primary barriers they find in this region, however, is a shortage of BSN training programs and qualified faculty, Mauck said.

The SNAC scholarships are designed to counter the shortage of BSN nurses and BSN training programs by supporting nurses pursuing BSN degrees and working in this region and by defraying the cost of doctoral degrees for nurses who want to teach, and therefore help expand the number of BSN programs in the region.

“Investing in BSN and post-graduate nursing education is one of the best things a community can do to fill those critical roles,” Mauck said. “We are fortunate to have a community willing to support our scholarship program and work with us to ensure a highly prepared nursing workforce.”

Since it began its scholarship program in 2016, SNAC has granted 32 BSN scholarships and four doctoral nursing scholarships to local nurses and educators (including the 17 awarded today), totaling $140,000. Most of the recipients are slated to graduate with their bachelor’s and doctorate degrees within two years (list of grant recipients attached). Local foundations that have supported SNAC include the Sarah Greer Mayer Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; the Janice S. Kelly Memorial Foundation, Rita B. Lamere Memorial Foundation and Burrus Foundation.

The community-funded SNAC scholarships are among many local, state and national initiatives responding to 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.

To help address the needs in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Desoto counties, SNAC offers information, referrals, scholarships and support to individuals interested in a nursing career or current nurses who want to enroll in advanced degree programs. To reach SNAC’s nurse navigator, call (941) 780-1447 or email


About the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition: SNAC is a regional coalition associated with the Florida Action Coalition whose mission is to develop resources and help implement recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. SNAC is made up of representatives from health systems, colleges and universities training nurses and community members in a 4-county region (Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte). Information:


Terry’s Nursing Journey: N.O. means what is my Next Opportunity

Dr. Bonnie Hesselberg, Program Director Keiser University ABSN program with Terry Doire, RN MSN CRRN, Nursing Faculty and SNAC Doctoral Scholarship recipient.

Next opportunity is the philosophy that has led Terry Doire to RN to BSN to MSN to CRRN and now to a Nursing Faculty position at Keiser University and into her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Nova Southeastern University.  That’s a big long sentence it stretches over many years and encompasses many next opportunities seized.

Ms. Terry Doire received a 2017 SNAC Nursing Faculty Doctoral Scholarship.  Read on to discover how nursing education has and will be impacted by the decisions she made to follow opportunities.

Terry learned very young to listen to her mentors.  “At age 17, I ruptured my appendix with peritonitis and ended up in Mass General ICU, hospitalized for 30 days and nearly dying. I had just 2 weeks left in my first semester of nursing school so had to take an incomplete.  I was trying to do my work lying in the hospital be but too sick.   It was a nurse in the step-down ICU after I came out of a coma that kept me going in my career choice.  She had compassion, knowledge and a positive attitude. Her bedside manner and encouragement sent me back to school in the next class. Getting my ADN in 1979 in Boston as there was a nursing shortage meant instant employment and I have never looked back.

My Mom, also a nurse, is my greatest mentor.  I watched her work overseas in the mission field with limited supplies and knew I wanted to me just like her. We had the opportunity to work together in a volunteer medical mission to Santa Domingo and Haiti in 1990. Working side by side, one day in the operating room she turned to me and said,” Do you know what you are doing?” Yes Mom. She was then impressed with the knowledge I had obtained over my career.

By 2019 I will be a RN for 40 years.  It is all the experiences and clinical/ managerial aspects and pitfalls and discouragements that led me to this exact point in my career and the decision to now teach.  I don’t think I could have done this with the passion I have now 10 years ago. I thought I was ready, but it was not the level to which I was destined to teach. I kept going back to school and advanced my career “the long way”.  My BSN in 1990 as there was an initial push for BSN’s especially in manager position:  My MSN in 2012, also from St. Joseph’s, in preparation for “whatever” my life course took me to explore new career options.

As you get in your 50’s, you reflect on how you want your children to remember your job ethics and career.  After a chance meeting with the Nurse Education Navigator from SNAC; she listened to what my roadblocks where and what my passions were.  She just came out and said, “You need to teach!”  I filled out my DNP applications that night and applied as faculty at Keiser accelerated BSN program.  I am in my 3rd term for my DNP at Nova Southeastern University and teaching as full-time faculty at Keiser.  With the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition scholarship, I can concentrate on my school work and work full time without the worry of how to continue. My mentor for constant encouragement for an advanced degree is now my friend who is a stroke coordinator and a brilliant research nurse – always tells me that I can do it! Finish my dream she says! What you dream you can achieve.

Teaching nursing is the future I am destined to have in my career.  

My Dad always said… “Keep on” “keeping on” – so I am keeping onward.

I can mentor our future nurses on my experience over four decades and how they can also shape the future.  I am a role model for my children and family so that they also can succeed in life.”


How will you seize the day?

NO! or Next Opportunity!

SNAC is here to help.