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PRESS RELEASE: Suncoast Nursing Scholarships Strengthen Regional Workforce, Support Local Nursing Schools

Shown from left: Charles Baumann (Co-Founder SNAC), Roxie Jerde (President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County); scholarship recipients Elizabeth Endress, Emily Koch, Kenneth Elliott, Dorothy Neufeld, Damon McIntyre and Nathalie Barr; Jan Mauck (Former Chief Nursing Officer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Co-Founder SNAC); scholarship recipient Yulia Crosley; and Earl Young (Scholarships manager, Community Foundation of Sarasota County).

 

SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2018) – In response to a critical and prolonged nursing shortage, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) awarded 22 scholarships totaling $74,000 today to strengthen the region’s nursing workforce and boost the number of nursing school instructors training students on the Suncoast.

The scholarships are part of a grassroots plan to develop a robust pipeline of well-educated nurses to replace a wave of retiring nurses and ensure continued access to safe, high quality care on the Suncoast.

“Nurses represent our first line of defense … their vigilance and skill at the bedside keeps patients safe and promote the best health outcomes, said Jan Mauck, former Chief Nursing Officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and co-chair of SNAC, a grassroots coalition of hospital and academic nursing leaders working together to address critical needs in the four-county Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto region. “With our population growth, and population living longer, we need to do all we can to boost the nursing workforce in our community and prepare our nurses for the challenges ahead.”

The American Nurses Association estimates that the U.S. will need to train more than a million new nurses by 2022 to offset the prolonged and worsening nursing shortage. The situation is most concerning in Florida, where the number of residents over age 65 is twice the national average and concerns are mounting over whether there will be enough to care for the largest generation living today, the retiring baby boomers.

Since 2016, SNAC has awarded $214,000 in nursing scholarships to 58 local recipients (including those awarded today). Most are slated to graduate in the next two years with a BSN degree in nursing, with plans to work locally. SNAC also has granted six scholarships to regional nursing faculty pursuing doctorate degrees in nursing. Despite the shortage, nursing schools have had to turn away tens of thousands of qualified applicants each year because they lack the facilities and faculty to train more BSN students.

“Each year, we are losing our most experienced nurses – highly skilled mentors with decades of organizational and experiential knowledge,” Mauck said. “That’s why our initiatives are focused on helping nurses earn BSNs and higher degrees. The additional education will better prepare RNs for the increasing complexity of medical technologies and treatments and give them the confidence and leadership skills to continually assess and improve clinical practices and care.”

In addition to awarding scholarships, SNAC’s initiatives also include:

  • Nursing Education Navigator (NEN) – In 2015, SNAC hired a NEN to advise and mentor people interested in a nursing career. From February 2015 through April 2018, the navigator has counseled 845 students/nurses and referred 539 to nursing programs. At least 177 are currently enrolled in accredited nursing school programs.
  • Nurse Training Programs – SNAC is helping hospitals and colleges develop and expand programs that provide direct and accelerated pathways for BSN nursing students. Local partners Florida Southwestern State College, Keiser University, State College of Florida/Manatee-Sarasota, and the University of South Florida/Sarasota-Manatee all have created new or expanded curriculums and facilities that are allowing more nurses to enroll in four-year BSN programs in their hometowns this fall.
  • Community Support – Foundations supporting the scholarships and related SNAC initiatives include the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Burruss Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation, Lela D. Jackson Foundation, Janice S. Kelly Memorial Foundation, Rita B. Lamere Memorial Foundation, and Sarah Greer Mayer Fund of the Community Foundation

About the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition: SNAC is a regional coalition made up of representatives from health systems, colleges and universities training nurses and community members in a four-county region (Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties). The grassroots group is working with 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, 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. Information: (941) 780-1447 or snac4fl.org

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Nursing Education Fair: Fawcett Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, August 21st

Nursing Education Fair Fawcett Memorial Hospital Tuesday August 21 @ 11AM to 1:30 PM in the cafeteria.

 Use your HCA tuition assistance dollar$ today!

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! SNAC has awarded $214,000 in Nursing BSN and Doctoral scholarships in the last 2 years! Find out how to apply.

American Sentinel University RN > BSN/ Rn to BS/MSN/ MSN leadership/ Case mgt./ Education/ informatics/ infection prevention and control/ DNP

Chamberlin College of Nursing  Pre-licensure 3 year BSN, RN to BSN / MSN  Nurse EducatorNurse ExecutiveFamily Nurse PractitionerNursing Informatics or Healthcare Policy /   DNP

Florida Southwestern State College pre-licensure AS>RN/ RN> BSN/ BSN (in 4 years, includes ASN)

State College of Florida AS>RN   / RN to BSN/ BSN in 4 (includes ASN)

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.  Pre-licensure 4 -year BSN/ competency-based RN to BSN /B.S. Health Informatics /B.S. Business—Healthcare Management /M.S. Nursing—Education / Leadership and Management/ Health Informatics

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MMH Competency/Education Fair: August 16th — Featuring Nursing Program Representatives

MMH Competency/ Education Fair includes Nursing Program Representatives to help you advance your Professional Career. Manatee Memorial Hospital Thursday August 16 @ 7:30 AM to 11:30 PM in the entry atrium. Use your MMH tuition assistance dollar$ today!

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! SNAC has awarded $214,000 in Nursing BSN and Doctoral scholarships in the last 2 years! Find out how to apply.

Florida State University Pre-licensure: Traditional 4-year BSN and accelerated BSN (Tallahassee) BSN to DNP /FNP Sarasota / Psych NP certificate

Galen College Pre-licensure 3- year BSN/ RN>BSN/ LPN / LPN> AD/BSN / AD>BSN

Keiser University   Pre-licensure: Traditional 4-year BSN and ASN and Accel BSN and Fast track BSN / RN>BSN/ MSN online / FNP/ MS/ DNP

Manatee Technical College LPN

St. Petersburg College Pre-licensure ASN/ LPN>AS/ Paramedic > AS / RN to BSN

South University Pre-licensure BSN/ RN>BSN/ RN> MSN/ MSN/education/leadership/ informatics/ FNP/ NP adult gerontology/

State College of Florida Pre-licensure AS>RN / RN to BSN / BSN in 4 (includes ASN)

University of West Florida RN to BSN/ MSN leadership / education/ new FNP program

University of South Florida   Pre-licensure: Traditional 4-year BSN and Vet to BSN and bachelor’s Second-degree sequence / RN to BSN /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

University of South Florida   Sarasota Manatee Pre-Nursing AA leading to 4-year BSN/ Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Program

Walden University RN to BSN online / MSN / Leadership/ education/ informatics / NP adult & gerontology/ Primary or acute care NP / Psych mental health NP /DNP/ PHD

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Manatee Memorial Hospital Competency/ Education Fair includes Nursing Program Representatives to help you advance your Professional Career

MMH Competency/ Education Fair includes Nursing Program Representatives to help you advance your Professional Career. Manatee Memorial Hospital Friday July 27 @ 7:30 AM to 11:30 PM in the entry atrium. Use your MMH tuition assistance dollar$ today!

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! SNAC has awarded $214,000 in Nursing BSN and Doctoral scholarships in the last 2 years! Find out how to apply.

Florida Southwestern State College pre-licensure AS>RN/ RN> BSN/ BSN (in 4 years, includes ASN)

Galen College Pre-licensure 3- year BSN/ RN>BSN/ LPN / LPN> AD/BSN / AD>BSN

Keiser University   Pre-licensure: Traditional 4-year BSN and ASN and Accel BSN and Fast track BSN / RN>BSN/ MSN online / FNP/ MS/ DNP

Manatee Technical College LPN

NOVA Southeastern University   RN>BSN/ RN>MSN/ MSN Education, leader, Informatics/ MSN FNP/ adult gerontology/ DNP/ PhD Nursing Education

South University Pre-licensure BSN/ RN>BSN/ RN> MSN/ MSN/education/leadership/ informatics/ FNP/ NP adult gerontology/

State College of Florida Pre-licensure AS>RN / RN to BSN / BSN in 4 (includes ASN)

University of South Florida   Pre-licensure: Traditional 4-year BSN and Vet to BSN and bachelor’s Second-degree sequence / RN to BSN /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

University of South Florida   Sarasota Manatee Pre-Nursing AA leading to 4-year BSN/ Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Program

Webster University RN>BSN/ MSN

Western Governors Univ.  Pre-licensure Traditional 4 -year BSN/ RN to BSN /B.S. Health Informatics /B.S. Business—Healthcare Management /M.S. Nursing—Education / Leadership

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Nurses coming to you July 17, 2018 the Doctors Hospital Education Fair Day

  • Check out these Colleges and Universities offering you options to complete your BSN, that MSN, and even your DNP!
      • Use your HCA tuition assistance dollar$ today!
    • Learn about Educational programs such as preceptor classes, certification classes, charge nurse classes, and nurse residency.

    When:         Tuesday July 17 @ 7:30 AM to 2 PM

    Where:       Education Room inside the cafeteria.

    • Come on down and meet your SNAC Nurse Education Navigator, Kate Garber. Kate will be your mentor, coach and concierge as you continue to develop your nursing career; right up to a doctorate! SNAC has awarded $214,000 in BSN to Doctoral Nursing scholarships in the last 2 years. Find out how you can apply! The Nurse Education Navigator 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.

    Universities and Colleges include:

    • Chamberlin College of Nursing Pre-licensure 3 year BSN/ RN to BSN  MSN  Nurse EducatorNurse ExecutiveFamily Nurse PractitionerNursing Informatics or Healthcare Policy /   DNP
    • Keiser University Pre-licensure 2-year AS>RN and 4-year BSN and Accel BSN and Fast track BSN / RN>BSN /MSN online / FNP/ MS/ DNP
    • State College of Florida Pre-licensure 2-year AS>RN / RN to BSN / BSN in 4 (includes ASN)
    • University of South Florida Traditional pre-licensure 4-year BSN and Vet to BSN and bachelor’s Second-degree sequence / RN>BSN / 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 Sarasota Manatee Campus : Pre-Nursing AA leading to 4-year BSN/ Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Program
    • Walden University RN to BSN / MSN / Leadership/ education/ informatics / NP adult & gerontology/ Primary or acute care NP / Psych mental health NP /DNP/ PHD
    • Western Governors Univ. Traditional pre-licensure 4-year BSN/ RN to BSN /B.S. Health Informatics /B.S. Business—Healthcare Management /M.S. Nursing—Education / Leadership and Management
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Sunday Herald Tribune Featured Article: Urgently seeking nurses, Sarasota, Manatee schools expand options

 

Originally Featured in Herald Tribune June 3, 2018: http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180603/urgently-seeking-nurses-sarasota-manatee-schools-expand-options

“Economists predict a daunting demand for 1 million new nurses over the next 10 years

Whatever tugs a person’s heart and soul into the nursing profession, it’s clearly a highly individualized call.

Lisa Cherry was working in a factory when her mother died of cancer. She was not impressed by the care her mother received. “So I got into nursing to care for others,” she says.

Kim Hagan ran a housecleaning business, and some of her elderly clients had home health nurses who “treated them very poorly,” she remembers. “So I literally went to school to learn how to take care of them.” Now, among her fondest memories is the oncology patient who would bring her a bedpan full of roses every year, long after she nursed him through his recovery.

From the age of 7, Martina Giquinto absolutely knew what she wanted to be when she grew up — despite her mother’s urging that she become a teacher. In her native Ireland, nursing schools were hard to get into, so she applied to a U.S. recruitment program in New Jersey. There were 1,500 applicants, and she was one of the 15 accepted.

When she joined the profession 27 years ago, Giquinto says, it was a different world: “The older nurses wanted you to work to be there; you had to prove yourself. And when I started, when the doctor walked in, you got up and gave him your chair.”

Now, registered nurses not only earn respect as knowledgeable members of the health care team, they are so highly valued that they can pretty much work when and where they choose. And with baby boomer nurses retiring in waves — to become part of the largest patient population of older Americans ever — economists predict a daunting demand for 1 million new nurses over the next 10 years.

“Some forecast that this could be the worst nursing shortage that we’ve ever had,” says Jan Mauck, former chief nursing officer for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and co-founder of the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition. The nonprofit partnership of regional educators and employers has been working for five years to boost the supply of registered nurses in this part of Florida.” … Continue Reading: http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180603/urgently-seeking-nurses-sarasota-manatee-schools-expand-options

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SNAC Scholarship Recipient Damien McIntire: First Responder Sets His Sights on Nursing

 

FEATURED ON: USF HEALTH NEWS: FIRST RESPONDER SETS HIS SIGHTS ON NURSING 

“Damon McIntire, a student in his third semester at the USF College of Nursing, had been working as a firefighter/emergency medical technician (EMT) when an accident changed the course of his life. This nearly fatal event in December 2013 landed him in the hospital for 30 days on a ventilator and led to more than a dozen reconstructive surgeries over the following years. Suddenly, the first responder was on the receiving end of emergency and critical care medicine — and began to see things from a whole new perspective.

“The people who made the biggest impact on me during my extensive recovery were nurses,” he explained. “I saw firsthand what happens to trauma victims after the first responders do their jobs.”

McIntire’s experience as a patient was an epiphany, leading him to realize that he wanted to become a nurse. After he completed his Associate of Arts degree at State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, he applied to the USF College of Nursing and was accepted.

“The beginning was overwhelming at first,” he said of the nursing program, “but it was hands-on right away, and I adjusted quickly. We were all well prepared going into our clinicals.”

A native of Venice, Fla., McIntire is pleased that he was placed at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for his clinicals. Not only is it close to home, but “Sarasota Memorial is a great campus, with all the newest equipment, high standards, and passionate staff who want the best for their patients,” he said.

Over the years, McIntire has received scholarship support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition. He was one of the first students they supported, and on Wednesday, May 9, McIntire was recognized by these organizations for his success and progress as a nursing student. “I wouldn’t even be in college if not for organizations such as these. The medical bills that I had been trying to reduce restricted my ability to pay for tuition,” he said. …” Continue Reading: https://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/nursingnews/first-responder-sets-his-sights-on-nursing/

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WFLA Channel 8 Coverage on Tampa Bay Skilled Nursing Shortage

WATCH VIDEO: http://www.wfla.com/news/sarasota-county/tampa-bay-faces-skilled-nursing-shortage/1169914281

“By 2025, experts anticipate the Tampa Bay area will face a severe shortage of skilled nurses with Bachelor’s degrees and if it’s not addressed soon, it could cripple the state’s health care system.

The shortage can be attributed to baby boomers, retiring nurses and the growing population.

Experts worry the Tampa Bay area could see more crowded emergency rooms, more medical errors, and increased mortality rates.  Nurses would be expected to work long hours under stressful conditions, which could result in fatigue, injury and job satisfaction, according to Schumacher Clinical Partners Providers, a company that helps hospitals and providers with patient care.

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition is working to address the problem by providing scholarships to recruit more skilled nurses. The organization has also teamed up with local colleges to kick start 4-year nursing programs to attract and retain skilled nurses. The schools include USF Sarasota-Manatee, Keiser University, State College of Florida and Florida Southwestern State College. …” Continue Reading: http://www.wfla.com/news/sarasota-county/tampa-bay-faces-skilled-nursing-shortage/1169914281

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National Nursing Shortage Effects Felt in SWFL – WGCU Radio Broadcast

National Nursing Shortage Effects Felt in SWFL  – WGCU Radio Broadcast

Originally posted on WGCU.com (http://news.wgcu.org/post/national-nursing-shortage-effects-felt-swfl)

“It’s National Nurses Week. A Gallup poll recently ranked nursing the most trusted profession for the 16th consecutive year. Yet, there aren’t enough nurses to go around.

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition held an event Wednesday in Sarasota, at which they discussed measures to combat a serious shortage of nurses that’s impacting hospitals and nursing schools in Southwest Florida and across the nation.

The coalition’s founder, Jan Mauck, recently retired from Sarasota Memorial Hospital after 41 years. Mauck joins Gulf Coast Live to share about some of the group’s efforts to combat the issue. …”

Listen now: http://news.wgcu.org/post/national-nursing-shortage-effects-felt-swfl

 

 

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