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Floridians To Have Greater Access to Primary Care: Article from FloridaPolitics.com

Floridians To Have Greater Access to Primary Care: Article from FloridaPolitics.com
 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 11 signed legislation that will allow qualified nurse practitioners in the state to provide health care services without physician oversight. The new law, effective July 1, provides a path for consumers to more directly receive primary care from advanced practice registered nurses.

Article By: A.G. Gancarski; Originally Featured on: FloridaPolitics.com

“Qualified nurse practitioners will be able to independently operate primary care practices without an attending doctor’s supervision under a bill (HB 607) passed by the Legislature and signed hours later by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Advanced nurse practitioners with at least 3,000 hours of experience under the supervision of a physician could qualify to provide services including family medicine, general pediatrics and general internal medicine under the new law.

Nurse practitioners would have to complete minimum graduate level course work in differential diagnosis and pharmacology.

The bill was a priority for House Speaker Jose Oliva, who praised the Governor’s quick action.

“Floridians’ access to quality health care is our top priority,” Oliva said in a news release. “Freeing (advanced practice registered nurses) of the red tape that has historically stopped them from working to the full extent of their education and training will immediately improve access to quality care for all,” he said.”

Read on: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/322856-expanded-practice-pharmacists-aprns

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

Article originally from the Herald-Tribune:

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.” …”

Continue Reading: https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20200224/aging-in-right-place-nurses-are-vital-to-future-of-aging

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SNAC $2500 BSN Scholarship – Applications due March 1, 2020

SNAC is pleased to share the application for the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition’s BSN Scholarship opportunity.  This is a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for individuals in an accredited BSN nursing program.

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

Feel free to share this application link with anyone who may benefit from this opportunity.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

For questions or further information, please contact:

Lindsey Masterson, Manager of Scholarships & Grants

Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

scholarships@cfsarasota.org

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Opening of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Accelerated BSN Program

SNAC celebrates the opening of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Accelerated BSN program. The long-awaited presence of University of South Florida College of Nursing in Sarasota and Manatee is firmly in place as the inaugural 2020 class is introduced to the Nursing Skills Lab. Thirty students began classes this week on the Sarasota campus.

Learn more about the opening of this new program and lab that will not only open the doors for more local students to be licensed, but also to help train nurses more effectively: https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/01/17/new-accelerated-program-usfs-sarasota-manatee-campus-help-fill-gap-nursing-shortage/

Pictured: Kate Garber, SNAC NEN; Dr Natasha Zurcher, instructor College of Nursing; Jan Mauck, Co-founder SNAC
Pictured: Dr. Karen Holbrook, Regional Chancellor USFSM; Jan Mauck, co-founder SNAC; Dr. Victoria Rich, Dean USF College of Nursing; Charles Baumann, co-founder SNAC
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Florida State University College of Nursing: Graduate Information Session

Florida State University College of Nursing will be hosting an Graduate Information Session on Monday, January 13th. We would be honored to host any students or graduate prospects who may be interested in furthering their education! 

KEY DETAILS:

Florida State University invites RNs and APRNs to learn about their online graduate and doctoral programs at their January information session in Sarasota:

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 6 – 8 PM
Florida State University
Sarasota Regional Medical School Campus
5590 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

To learn more visit: https://nursing.fsu.edu/
Or contact: sarasota-info@nursing.fsu.edu, (941) 807-1686

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Work Advancing Education Goals Earns Florida Nurse Big Honor: Jan Mauck Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award

Jan Mauck, co-founder of Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Florida Action Coalition

Article originally featured on Campaign for Action:

“At the Florida Action Coalition annual summit November 15, 2019 Jan Mauck received a lifetime achievement award.  The FL-AC recognized Jan for her leadership and advocacy work advancing the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action pillar of “advancing education transformation.”  Jan is the co-founder along with Charles Baumann, along with about 20 community leaders the Sarasota Action Coalition created a powerful triad consisting of employers, nursing schools, and community leaders to tackle the education challenges in the region.  Jan’s work has led to establishing $264,000 in nursing scholarships, the creation of a nursing navigator, support from The Patterson Foundation, and facilitating the startup of multiple BSN programs …” Continue Reading: https://campaignforaction.org/jan-mauck-receives-the-lifetime-achievement-award

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SNAC Success Story: Lisa Smith’s Journey to Her MSN APN

Lisa’s hair: soon going to Wigs for Kids

“Yes Kate, I do want to complete my BSN, but I want to become a nurse practitioner.” That’s exactly what Lisa Smith said to me back in December 2016. Lisa was then working at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. She had experienced a few years of illnesses and was no longer able to continue working in her beloved emergency and intensive care settings. So, Lisa picked herself up and went back to school to complete her Bachelor of Science in nursing at State College of Florida. You can read more about her story at that time on our SNAC website. Modeling a way to success from December of 2016 click here.

Complete her MSN in adult nurse practitioner is exactly what she did. Choosing a school was complex and sometimes frustrating and she finally decided on Kaplan university. Kaplan was subsequently purchased by Purdue and is now Purdue University Global. 

Lisa was full of excitement at her recent graduation when we met for lunch in early October. “I didn’t even dream I could learn so much!” Lisa was truly thankful and in awe of the Physicians and other nurse practitioners who shared their knowledge with her over the last two and a half years. “I really must give compliments and much credit to my advisor Monica Nino, and two inspirational professors, Racelia Austin, and Susan Brennan who helped me throughout the program. “

Finding clinical placements for preceptorships can be a difficult task and Lisa provides the advice that you need to” go and meet them face to face; it makes a huge difference’. Commuting to Kendall Medical Center in Miami for women’s health and later to a family practice in Daytona gave her the hours and experience she required. “The courses and clinical were rigorous and the commitment needed is substantive, but I’m so glad I did it!” Lisa was also the main impetus for Purdue University Global to create a policy that Purdue will now actively help students obtain clinical preceptorships. A major investment for the University and a major help for all future students who will benefit from Lisa’s journey.

Right now, Lisa has 2 goals 1) studying for national certification for advance practice nurse examination which she plans to seek and the next couple of months. And 2) “I haven’t cut my hair since I began graduate school and I plan to cut it as a donation for children to an organization who does not charge for their services in providing wigs to children in need. The organization Wigs for Kids, donates their time and services specifically for children. I enjoy giving back and strive to continue efforts through pay it forward actions.” Lisa continues to volunteer part-time in the Englewood Community Clinic and provides modeling services for bridal gowns, just like she was doing back in 2016. The picture with this article was taken for the Charlotte County Bridal Expo in September 2019. That beautiful long hair will soon become a wig for a child.

After that? “I want to do my DNP!” She is currently looking at Doctoral programs and right now South University is intriguing. Time will tell which University she chooses but I do not doubt that she will achieve success. This is one solidly determined woman.

Congratulations Lisa Smith. We at the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition could not be prouder of you.

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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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