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Herald-Tribune Feature: “Aging in the Right Place: Nurses are vital to the future of aging”

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The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition is now offering up to $150,000 in scholarships to encourage prospective nursing students to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Aging is a team sport. Doing it well requires a good team of people around you: family, friends and health care workers.

In a world where people age 65 and older are expected to edge out the number of children under the age of 18 by 2035, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, health care workers are more important than ever.

Employment of nurses is projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for most occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But despite nursing being a profession in high demand that’s growing faster than other occupations, it’s likely not growing fast enough. In fact, many projections show that we could be on the verge of facing one of the biggest nursing shortages in U.S. history, with 1.2 million vacancies expected to emerge for nurses between 2014 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So bolstering the nursing workforce should be a high priority for us all if we intend to age well.

Enter the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition, a regional organization with the mission to do just that — help bolster nursing in the area, develop resources for them, and help implement recommendations that will improve the future of nursing.

SNAC is now offering up to $150,000 in scholarships to encourage prospective nursing students to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Why a bachelor’s degree? Because decades of research shows that a higher percentage of nurses with bachelor of science in nursing degrees results in improved health outcomes for patients.

“Investing in nursing education is one of the best things a community can do to ensure the health of our community,” said Jan Mauck, former chief nursing officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and co-chair of SNAC, in a news release. “Fortunately, we live in a community willing to support this scholarship program and help ensure a highly prepared nursing workforce.” …”

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