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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Lisa Smith. We at the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition could not be prouder of
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.
are to address value-based care delivery including telehealth simulation,
chronic disease prevention and management.
criteria include meeting the FGCU BSN to DNP-NP Program admissions criteria
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;
11.5.19 at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM,
11.6.19 at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM -4:30 PM
11.14.19 at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM -4:30 PM
*“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.”