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.
Susan Cohen, RN, ARNP, Nursing faculty at Keiser University as she supervises Physical Assessment skills lab with 2 Keiser students. SNAC awarded a Nursing faculty scholarship to Susan in 2017. She will become Dr. Susan Cohen DNP, RN when she graduates with her Doctorate in Nursing from Keiser University this month. SNAC has earmarked seven scholarships since 2016 to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees to help provide more nursing professors which are needed to expand the capacity of local nursing schools.
Ms. Terry Doire received a 2017 SNAC Nursing Faculty Doctoral Scholarship and has now completed her Doctoral work at NSU. Dr. Doire serves as Nursing faculty at Keiser University in Sarasota, Florida. Be sure to read about her journey of 40 years in Nursing and the inspirations that guided her SNAC Success Story.
SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2019) – The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) awarded 14 scholarships totaling $50,000 this month in a continuing effort to strengthen the region’s nursing workforce.
The annual scholarships are part of SNAC’s multi-pronged action plan to develop a pipeline of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and ensure continued access to safe, high-quality care on the Suncoast.
A retired nurse executive and former chief nursing officer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, SNAC co-chair Jan Mauck said nurses’ vigilance and critical thinking skills at the bedside keep patients safe. Additionally, nurses must be prepared to address a wide range of healthcare issues, including the ability to address quality, cost, and accessibility of health care services.
“When we invest in and encourage nurses to obtain their bachelor’s degrees, we are helping to insure the nursing workforce is better prepared for the challenges ahead,” said Mauck, who leads the grassroots coalition of hospital, community and academic leaders addressing the nursing shortage in the four-county Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto region.
With a rapidly expanding older population, rising incidence of chronic disease and limited capacity of accredited nursing schools that offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees, Florida faces a critical need in nurses who are capable of a higher level of critical thinking and application. BSN nursing programs help to alleviate the nursing shortage by graduating nurses who are much more likely to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam) required for practice. In Florida the NCLEX pass rates are the lowest in the U.S., with the exception of BSN degree programs which are above the national average.
SNAC scholarships are targeted toward local nurses pursuing BSN degrees or higher. Since 2016, SNAC has awarded $264,000 in nursing scholarships to 72 local recipients (including those awarded today). Many have already or are slated to graduate in the next two years with BSN degrees and plan to work in the Suncoast region. Several have started work toward master’s and doctoral degrees as well. Over the years, SNAC has earmarked seven scholarships to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees because more nursing professors are needed to expand the capacity of local nursing schools.
In addition to awarding scholarships, SNAC’s initiatives also include:
• Nurse Navigator services – SNAC hired a Nursing Education Navigator to advise and mentor people interested in a nursing career. From February 2015 through Aug 2019, the navigator has counseled over 1,100 students/nurses and referred 820 to nursing programs. At least 255 are currently accepted/enrolled or have graduated from an accredited nursing school program.
• Nursing Education Programs – SNAC is helping hospitals and colleges develop and expand programs that provide direct and accelerated pathways for pre-licensure 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 in the coming year.
• 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, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation, and CareerEdge.
About the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition: SNAC is a regional coalition made up of representatives from health systems, colleges and universities educating 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 snac4fl.org
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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.
Apply Here Accepting applications through March 28th The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program supports registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and nurse faculty by paying up to 85 percent of their unpaid nursing education debt.In exchange, participants serve for at least two years at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or, for nurse faculty, at an eligible school of nursing.Before you apply, learn about application details including eligibility and service requirements in the 2019 Application and Program Guidance.
New in 2019! The Nurse Corps anticipates making up to 10 percent of loan repayment awards to psychiatric nurse practitioners, highly skilled specialists who are on the front lines helping combat the nation’s opioid crisis.
Are you eligible? Eligible applicants include: licensed registered nurses; advanced practice registered nurses, including psychiatric nurse practitioners; or nurse faculty members with qualifying nursing debt. Applicants must have received nursing education from an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory and work full-time in: an eligible Critical Shortage Facility in a high need area (for RNs and APRNs); or an accredited school of nursing (for nurse faculty).
Application Help Need help with your application? Attend one of our technical assistance calls.Technical Assistance Call #1 Thursday, March 7, 2019 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.Technical Assistance Call #2 Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Be on the lookout for dial-in information, as well as, helpful application tips and technical assistance opportunities on our Nurse Corps Facebook page! For additional application questions, call 1-800-221-9393 (TTY: 1-877-897-9910) Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET.
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.”
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 onlineprocess.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2019
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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.
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.