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Annual Nursing Competency Testing Complete! What’s Your Next Step Toward the Future?

 

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!

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USF System Partnership Creates Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway

“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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Interested in becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist? – Act NOW for Fall 2018 USF CRNA Applications

Interested in becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist? Act NOW for Fall 2018 USF CRNA applications!

The University of South Florida College of Nursing is currently accepting new applications for the CRNA program for Fall 2018. For more information, please see http://health.usf.edu/nursing/academics/crna/apply . The annual CRNA Open House will be held on July 28:

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.
Registration Required: Click Here (Space is Limited)

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Today, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are master’s prepared advanced practice nurses who enjoy a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in every practice setting, and for every type of surgery or procedure.
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Please Join Us – The Promise of Nursing Webinar on March 21st!

Please Join Us – The Promise of Nursing Webinar on March 21st!

Join Walden University’s upcoming webinar, “The Future of Health Care – The Promise of Nursing,” and learn how the Affordable Care Act and Value Based Purchasing may impact the nursing shortage, evidence-based practice, patient care, and ultimately the promise of the future of nursing.

Register: www.WaldenU.edu/promise

 

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The “Inside Scoop” Highlights Work of AARP’s Nursing Center

Courtesy of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) and a couple of its staff members were highlighted this week on Inside Scoop, a cable program on Fairfax (VA) Public Access that will also air on 500 stations nationwide. CCNA is an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and runs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of those same three organizations … Read On: http://campaignforaction.org/lights-camera-action-inside-scoop-highlights-work-aarps-nursing-center/

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University of South Florida announces new DNP to PhD Program

University of South Florida announces new DNP to PhD program starting fall 2017.

To learn more please check out these flyers:

Contact:
Mark Freeman, Doctoral programs Advisor
University of South Florida – College of Nursing
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 22
Tampa, Florida 33612
Phone: (813) 974-2191
Fax: (813) 974-3118
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NEWS RELEASE: SNAC Announces Spring 2017 BSN Scholarship Program

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition announces a Spring 2017 BSN scholarship. The scholarship provides financial support for current BSN candidates in the SNAC Region (Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, & Desoto Counties). The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Questions and completed applications should be directed to:

Earl Young, Manager of Scholarships & Special Initiatives
Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.
www.cfsarasota.org
(941) 556-7114
eyoung@cfsarasota.org

Community-funded SNAC scholarships are among many statewide initiatives to ensure nurses are well positioned to lead change and advance health.  The goal is to increase the number of bachelor’s prepared nurses who are working within the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) region. 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 SNAC BSN Scholarship application can be downloaded from the website at http://snac4fl.org/resources/scholarships-and-grants/

SNAC is a regional pilot project created by 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. SNAC is made up of representatives from health systems, colleges and universities educating nurses and community members in a 4-county region (Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte).

SNAC offers information, referrals 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 info@snac4fl.org.

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Florida State University College of Nursing Information Session

We are excited to share this great opportunity to learn more about FSU’s graduate and doctoral programs! Florida State University College of Nursing is hosting an Information Session on their MSN and DNP Nursing Programs on February 1, 2017.

These MSN Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator programs are offered online with some synchronous online meetings to enhance faculty-to-student and peer-to-peer interaction. The DNP nurse practitioner program is offered on the State College of Florida campus in Lakewood Ranch via videoconferencing.

For more information visit our website at nursing.fsu.edu or contact Dr. Barbara Little at blittle@fsu.edu, or (941) 363-7226

 

 
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Melanie’s Nursing Journey: Newlywed and Newly Returned to University

Melanie McCall RN is one of many Suncoast area nurses well into her fifties who has decided “it’s finally time to just get this thing done”.  Melanie is enrolled in Grand Canyon University for her bachelor of science in nursing degree.  “The first class was a huge departure and it took me some time to re-appropriate and get my schedules in balance.  I have completed 4 courses and currently in community and public health. This class is right up my alley…  epidemiology, disease, public health…  it’s all very familiar and comfortable!!  I finally gotten the groove and have straight A’s in all of my courses.”

“It seems I do some things late! I did not become a mother till the age of 42! Vastin, my son, is 17 and lives mostly with his father on a cattle ranch in Arcadia where he enjoys hunting, fishing and riding his horses. He comes to see me in Punta Gorda when he is ready to fish the canals and the harbor. “ 

Melanie also is a soprano soloist with local orchestras

In addition to having a baby in her forties and going back to school in her fifties, Melanie has just become a new bride!  “We are in the same room every evening and he is very tolerant of looking at my back as I work on the computer doing school work. Bill is the kindest soul I’ve ever met. We both see the time spent online with Grand Canyon is an investment in our future.”

“Grand Canyon has been wonderful because they provide an advisor and mentor.  That gal is phenomenal.  She met with us all weekly during the first class all the way through to make sure we knew what we were doing in the cloud system, on papers, helping us with APA format.  Looking over our papers to give us positive or negative feedback.  She really goes all out.  She wants to make sure we are successful. This has been such a positive experience. I am now thinking of becoming a nurse practitioner and I am even toying with the idea of the doctorate in nursing.”

“The SNAC nurse education navigator has been useful in providing contacts and advice for choosing a good fit for my graduate program and information about scholarships at the bachelors and doctoral level.”

Melanie has over 30 years of experience in nursing and currently practices as board certified infection control practitioner at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.  She feels that Fawcett Memorial has been particularly supportive of nurses returning to advance their professional education.  The tuition assistance HCA has been a major factor in deciding to return to school.  “It’s a benefit the hospital offers and if you don’t use it, you lose it!  It makes sense to take full advantage.”  Melanie is also applying for other scholarships throughout the Suncoast including the SNAC BSN completion scholarship.  

SNAC asked Melanie what recommendations she would give to other nurses in their fifties.  “Don’t ever think you can’t do it, because you can!  Especially in your fifties when things are settled.  But don’t put it off because the older we get the harder it is.”

Contact your nurse education navigator today:  info@snac4fl.org

Let’s just get on with it! 

 

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Lisa’s Nursing Journey: Modeling the Way

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Lisa Smith RN is employed at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in cancer research. Serious business.

She also models bridal fashions for Charlotte Bridal Boutique. This tall willowy blonde with a huge smile provides modeling services and for the last few years has modeled bridal wear in the Southwest Wedding Expo held in several locations throughout Charlotte & Sarasota counties. “My grandmother predicted I would be a model as a woman of courage and this is my interpretation of her prediction. Life is a lot of fun now.”

Lisa has had some horrendous health issues in the past three years. You know enough to imagine the details but suffice it to say she is lucky to be alive today. “After a bout with post-op sepsis, and several days in the intensive care, a pleural effusion, pericarditis, splenomegaly & a gastro-intestinal bleed that required an additional surgery to repair. I woke to the realization my time here was limited. After barely regaining any strength, I landed with a complete bowel obstruction. I had a complete life evaluation in a hospital bed, and decided I was heading back to school.” Lisa knows she’s one fortunate woman and intends to spend every day as if it were her last. A mature nurse who has spent over 25 years in clinical practice ranging from physician practice to ICU, ER, and trauma radiology and now cancer research, she “decided it was simply time when to get on with it.” She chose State College of Florida and will graduate in December, 2016 with her BSN.

But that’s not the only goal she has in mind. Lisa has been accepted into the University of South Florida and is applying to the BSN to DNP program with plans for enrolling in the adult acute nurse practitioner curriculum. She already has identified a potential Capstone project topic on PTSD veterans. “Improving their quality of life and decreasing veteran suicide rates through use of trained animals, (funding proposed to defund animal shelters and fund training and support) and therapeutic anaoxyltics, & continued support, so that these heroes can once again be productive members of society. I would like to write for a grant through the DVA to start the program locally and have an animal training team of experts on board, willing to jump in as needed. I will be working through local Veterans associations to collaborate my project with.”   Tall beautiful blonde model yes; but no fluff head here!

So how has this total change in her life affected Lisa? She has really enjoyed the journey and her family has been very supportive. “They’re kind of used to my attending to school work and know I place a high value on education. They’re very proud of me.”

“Life is a journey and it’s about being happy every day you can are given. You must make the best of the time you have. My children inspired me to want to become an example. So much in nursing is changing; life-long learning is essential in our profession.”

“I really enjoy working in a magnet hospital at Sarasota memorial, our Magnet status is huge. Their support for graduate nursing education is essential. Sarasota Memorial Hospital, is opening a clinic in New Town, I am considering hrsa.gov for scholarships for school. The scholarship, as many do, is a process and requires post grad work at a public hospital for few years. VA hospitals also interest me. I enjoy serving those who need it most, and find it personally rewarding. I discovered through my leadership course, that my style of leadership is integrated with serving those who need it most. I also developed a Sarasota Pay it Forward initiative during my training, which again reinforces my innate drive to serve.” Lisa also volunteers at the Englewood community clinic and spends much time providing nursing services to the community.

“The nurse education navigator spent time with me and suggested several masters and doctoral programs which I investigated. The University of South Florida adult acute nurse practitioner program seems the best bet for me. With the help of my family, SNAC, Sarasota Memorial, my co-workers and those wonderful scholarship and tuition assistance dollars, I will be Lisa Smith RN, ARNP. You can do it if I can!”

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