The theme for this year’s Nurses Week celebrations – Year of the Nurse – was set long before coronavirus upended our world. But given the heroic role nurses have played during this pandemic, the public spotlight could not be more poignant or well deserved.
Never in my 45-year nursing career has the value – and vulnerability – of nursing been so clearly brought into focus.
Over the past three months, the world has watched and worried as they bravely confronted COVID-19 head-on. Despite concerns for their own families and personal safety, emergency, intensive care and other specialty nurses have presented a united front, screening patients at front entrances, isolating those with coronavirus symptoms, spending long hours and days confined in protective gear to care for them and protect others from the spread of infection, and finding new ways to comfort and connect families separated from loved ones with life threatening illness.
Meanwhile, the pandemic compelled nurses at all levels to take on new and expanded leadership roles, collaborating in ways they never had to before, as they tried to solve problems you would never expect in our nation’s well-equipped healthcare system.
We have seen nurse educators assume new roles as safety officers, teaching less experienced nurses how to safely don and doff personal protective equipment and addressing countless questions and concerns to public COVID-19 hotlines; nursing leaders overseeing COVID-19 emergency operations and command centers, monitoring dwindling supplies of personal protective equipment and developing strategies to increase ICU and ventilator capacity; employee and public health nurses reviewing test results day and night, notifying care providers and community members of possible exposures and monitoring symptoms and the well being of those in quarantine; research nurses working with physicians and patients enrolled in critical COVID-19 trials; and student nurses, nursing instructors, and retired and volunteer nurses coordinating virtual education programs, drive-through testing sites and many other community health initiatives. The list of nursing roles and responsibilities in this crisis gets larger every day.
It’s often been said that nursing is a calling, but it is more than that. It is a profession people trust and depend on to keep us safe. We rely on nurses’ resilience – to be there for us no matter what, their expertise – to provide critical interventions and safeguard our health, and their conviction and compassion – to be our voice and advocate when we cannot speak for ourselves.
This Nurses Week was meant to mark the 200th birth year of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. More than any celebration could have, today’s nurses are demonstrating her dogged determination and the myriad ways they contribute, adapt, and take the lead in crisis situations.
On behalf of the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition, I would like to share our thanks to the dedicated nurses, and the many other healthcare heroes working with them, to keep our community safe.
Jan Mauck retired as Chief Nursing Officer from Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2016. Since then, she has co-chaired the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC), a grassroots coalition of hospital, nursing school and volunteer community leaders working to strengthen the four-county region’s nursing workforce through scholarships, advocacy and support. Visit snac4fl.org to learn more.
The World Health Organization has dedicated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. In addition, the American Nurses Association has expanded National Nursing Week to the entire month of May this year, as National Nurses Month, to recognize nurses’ invaluable contributions to healthcare.
Please keep our hard- working and dedicated nursing professionals in your thoughts as we transition back to the new normal. It has been a long and challenging ride for them.. and it is not over yet.
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.
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“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.”
“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.” …”
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
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.
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!
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
“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
We are proud to send a well-deserved congratulations to Jan Mauck, co-founder of Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition for receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Florida Action Coalition! Thank you for your incredible leadership and dedication, Jan!