Nursing education has seen tremendous change in 10 years, thanks in large part to the Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program, the State Implementation Program (SIP), and the Center to Champion Nursing in America, all funded by RWJF. CCNA is also an initiative of AARP Foundation and AARP. A new compendium from the Campaign for Action reports on the collaborations fueling the transformation, as well as strategies to continue the work.More
The Nurses’ Health Studies, the largest, longest-running investigations of women’s health, has since 1976 relied on nurse participants to study a number of health factors. The third such study seeks 100,000 nurses or nurse students, ages 19 to 52, to participate in a web-based study of health issues related to lifestyle, fertility/pregnancy, environment, and nursing exposures. Apply.More
Charlotte Community Foundation offers several scholarships for Nursing Students residing in Charlotte County.
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:http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171116/higher-learning-scf-takes-action-against-nursing-shortage
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.More
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.
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 4th. Register today!
Click here for registration links: UWF BSN and MSN September WEBINAR SCHEDULE-CHMore
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
This Week! Explore your Nursing future with Nurse Education Navigator Kate Garber –
FRIDAY 8/25: Manatee Memorial Hospital from 7:30 AM-12 PM
FRIDAY 8/25: Blake Medical Center from 1-3 PM
WEDNESDAY 8/30: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center from 8-10 AM
Do something today that your future self will thank you for tomorrow.More
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 email@example.com.
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: snac4fl.orgMore