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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.

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 for information and tickets. Scroll to the link, “Register for the 2019 Family Studies Conference.”


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


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:


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).

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.


Manatee Memorial Hospital Competency/ Education Fair – October 17th

MMH Competency/ Education Fair includes Nursing Program Representatives to help you advance your Professional Career. Manatee Memorial Hospital Wednesday  October 17 @ 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.

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)

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

Rasmussen College   RN> BSN/ MSN Education, Leadership

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

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

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

Webster University RN>BSN/ MSN

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



Would you like to distinguish yourself as part of an interprofessional cadre of health professions students committed to community service and transforming health care practice? The Florida AHEC Scholars Program is part of a national initiative preparing students to become leaders in primary care.
📚 WHAT: Florida Area Health Education Center Scholars Program / $500 stipend / 40 hr/ year/ 2 years/
… Build skills to transform primary care and improve patient care.
Why you? GREAT to work in as part of any NP/ DNP/ PhD course work
Why now? DEADLINE Application Due Sept 30
GULFCOAST SOUTH AHEC: Serving the counties of Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee, Sarasota

SRQ Magazine Article: Helping Those Who Help Others

SRQ Magazine Article: Helping Those Who Help Others

Article Originally Featured in SRQ Magazine, Community 

By Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of Community Foundation of Sarasota County:

“When my husband Mike and I were weighing whether to move to Sarasota, one of the important factors we took into consideration was the level of quality healthcare available in the region. It’s no secret that we are all fortunate to have a number of world-class institutions like Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Tidewell Hospice that are leading the way in ensuring our community’s residents are well taken care of when it comes to their health.

While providing world-class facilities needed to meet our region’s healthcare demand is important, the bigger undertaking is ensuring those facilities are filled with passionate and highly qualified professionals. Fortunately, to counter a critical and prolonged nursing shortage in Florida, we have organizations like the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition to help.

After learning the mortality rate of patients decreases as the qualifications of the nurses treating them rises, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation partnered with the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition in 2014 to strengthen the educational opportunities available to nurses working in our local hospitals and those with dreams to become nurses.

By collaborating with local hospital, nursing, academic and community leaders from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, the partnership has created a robust pipeline of highly educated nurses in our region. The best part is none of the financial burden of being a student is put on the nurses, as community supporters provide scholarship awards stewarded through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

At a recent award ceremony, SNAC announced 22 new scholarship recipients that totaled up to $74,000 for this semester alone. Since the partnership began more than $214,000 in scholarship awards have been distributed, and while the numbers are impressive, the real mission moment was when attendees of the ceremony got to hear from USF student, Damon McIntire.” … Continue Reading:


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