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.
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.org
This Week! Explore your Nursing future with Nurse Education Navigator Kate Garber @
- TUESDAY: Manatee Memorial Hospital 7/25 7:30 AM-12N & Blake Medical Center 7/25 3-5 PM
- WEDNESDAY: Sarasota Memorial Hospital 7/26 7:30AM -4:30PM
- THURSDAY: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center 7/27 10AM-2PM
Dr. Bonnie Hesselberg, Program Director Keiser University ABSN program with Terry Doire, RN MSN CRRN, Nursing Faculty and SNAC Doctoral Scholarship recipient.
Next opportunity is the philosophy that has led Terry Doire to RN to BSN to MSN to CRRN and now to a Nursing Faculty position at Keiser University and into her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Nova Southeastern University. That’s a big long sentence it stretches over many years and encompasses many next opportunities seized.
Ms. Terry Doire received a 2017 SNAC Nursing Faculty Doctoral Scholarship. Read on to discover how nursing education has and will be impacted by the decisions she made to follow opportunities.
Terry learned very young to listen to her mentors. “At age 17, I ruptured my appendix with peritonitis and ended up in Mass General ICU, hospitalized for 30 days and nearly dying. I had just 2 weeks left in my first semester of nursing school so had to take an incomplete. I was trying to do my work lying in the hospital be but too sick. It was a nurse in the step-down ICU after I came out of a coma that kept me going in my career choice. She had compassion, knowledge and a positive attitude. Her bedside manner and encouragement sent me back to school in the next class. Getting my ADN in 1979 in Boston as there was a nursing shortage meant instant employment and I have never looked back.
My Mom, also a nurse, is my greatest mentor. I watched her work overseas in the mission field with limited supplies and knew I wanted to me just like her. We had the opportunity to work together in a volunteer medical mission to Santa Domingo and Haiti in 1990. Working side by side, one day in the operating room she turned to me and said,” Do you know what you are doing?” Yes Mom. She was then impressed with the knowledge I had obtained over my career.
By 2019 I will be a RN for 40 years. It is all the experiences and clinical/ managerial aspects and pitfalls and discouragements that led me to this exact point in my career and the decision to now teach. I don’t think I could have done this with the passion I have now 10 years ago. I thought I was ready, but it was not the level to which I was destined to teach. I kept going back to school and advanced my career “the long way”. My BSN in 1990 as there was an initial push for BSN’s especially in manager position: My MSN in 2012, also from St. Joseph’s, in preparation for “whatever” my life course took me to explore new career options.
As you get in your 50’s, you reflect on how you want your children to remember your job ethics and career. After a chance meeting with the Nurse Education Navigator from SNAC; she listened to what my roadblocks where and what my passions were. She just came out and said, “You need to teach!” I filled out my DNP applications that night and applied as faculty at Keiser accelerated BSN program. I am in my 3rd term for my DNP at Nova Southeastern University and teaching as full-time faculty at Keiser. With the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition scholarship, I can concentrate on my school work and work full time without the worry of how to continue. My mentor for constant encouragement for an advanced degree is now my friend who is a stroke coordinator and a brilliant research nurse – always tells me that I can do it! Finish my dream she says! What you dream you can achieve.
Teaching nursing is the future I am destined to have in my career.
My Dad always said… “Keep on” “keeping on” – so I am keeping onward.
I can mentor our future nurses on my experience over four decades and how they can also shape the future. I am a role model for my children and family so that they also can succeed in life.”
How will you seize the day?
NO! or Next Opportunity!
SNAC is here to help.
MMH Education Fair Friday, June 20, 10 am to 2 PM. Auditorium
Come investigate a boost in your career. Use your MMH tuition assistance dollar$ today! Advance your professional practice.
Come on down and meet your Nurse Education Navigator, Kate Garber. The NEN role is to assist anyone initiating or advancing a nursing career. Kate Garber’s services are provided FREE by the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition SNAC, a local coalition comprised of nursing academia, healthcare employers, and community volunteers. Kate will be your mentor, coach and concierge as you continue to develop your nursing career; right up to a doctorate!
Chamberlin College of Nursing RN to BSN MSN Nurse Educator, Nurse Executive, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Informatics or Healthcare Policy / DNP
Florida State University (on SCF LWR campus) MSN / DNP FNP represented by SCF today)
Galen College RN>BSN/ LPN / LPN> AD/BSN / AD/BSN
Keiser University 11a-1p only ASN / RN>BSN/ Accel BSN/ Fast track BSN /MSN online / FNP/ MS/ DNP
St. Petersburg College ASN/ LPN>AS/ Paramedic > AS / RN to BSN
State College of Florida AS>RN / RN to BSN
University of Phoenix RN>BSN MSN education/ leadership/ informatics/ FNP
University of West Florida RN to BSN/ MSN leadership / education/ new FNP program
University of South Florida BSN/ Vet to BSN/ RN to BSN/ Bachelors Second degree sequence /AS to MS/ RN to MS/ BS / BA/ B to MS/ Master’s Concentrations = Adult-Gerontology Acute Care/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care /Clinical Nurse Leader/ Family Health Nursing/ Nurse Anesthesia /Nursing Education /Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing /Occupational Health Nursing/ Pediatric Health Nursing/ CRNA /Doctoral Programs/ Doctor of Nursing Practice/ PhD Program
Utica College Accelerated BSN
Walden University RN to BSN online / MSN / Leadership/ education/ informatics / NP adult & gerontology/ Primary or acute care NP / Psych mental health NP /DNP/ PHD
Western Governors Univ. RN to BSN /B.S. Health Informatics /B.S. Business—Healthcare Management /M.S. Nursing—Education / Leadership and Management
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center nurses Richard S, RN, Jackie G, RN BSN and Widley R, RN are investigating programs to complete their RN to BSN and MSN degrees. Did you know over 1600 accredited nursing programs exist in the USA? There is one made just for you!
Contact SNAC and get going on your future. Kate @ 941-780-1447
Do something today that your future self will thank you for tomorrow.
Over 100 nurses completed their annual nursing competency testing on May 23 at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Sandi Letourneau, MSN, RN, Hospital Clinical Educator, and many others made this serious business into an exciting day!
SNAC was front and center and your Nurse Education Navigator is now “navigating” with a dozen nurses going for BSN, MSN , FNP and DNP programs. And a possible PhD!
They decided to “do something today that your future self will thank you for tomorrow.” You can make the same decision by calling Kate at 941-780-1447 today!
“A new University of South Florida College of Nursing partnership with USF St. Petersburg (USFSP) and USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will allow eligible students to complete two bachelor of science degrees – one in biology and another in nursing — in five years.
The Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway program creates an opportunity for students from USFSP and USFSM to earn an undergraduate degree in biology from their respective institutions, followed by a seamless transition to the USF College of Nursing’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.” Continue Reading: https://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/nursingnews/usf-system-partnership-creates-suncoast-nursing-accelerated-pathway/
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When: July 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS), 124 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
What: Join us for a program & admission process review and a tour of the CAMLS facility. Meet faculty, students, and admissions advisors.
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