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.”
SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2019) – High school seniors and their families can learn about college life at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s “Freshman Preview,” set for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The half-day session offers prospective students an insider’s look at USFSM, which offers a high-quality, affordable education close to home. Attendees will meet current students, faculty, staff and admissions advisors and tour classrooms, the campus café, Selby Auditorium and other campus facilities.
“We are excited to show all of the opportunities Sarasota-Manatee students will have as part of a united USF,” Associate Director of Admissions Brandon Avery said. “We will be showcasing new paths to degrees, an increased degree value, and walking students through the application process. I think families will leave informed and pleasantly surprised by what we have to offer.”
The event is free and open to students who have applied to USFSM or are thinking about applying. Come out and meet your future classmates and learn about what it means to be part of the USFSM family.
“It is no secret among my friends, clients and colleagues that I have a peculiarly inquiring mind and a relentless focus on accuracy and accountability — professional side effects from 40-plus years as a CPA and business adviser in the community.
But my analytical nature is not what has compelled me to donate my time and skills to the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC). It was the vulnerability I felt waking up in a hospital room and searching for the reassuring eyes of my nurse that has motivated me to stand up for a profession so vital to our individual and community health.
That there is a shortage of nurses in the United States should not surprise anyone. Deficits in our nursing workforce have impacted our nation in varying degrees for decades.
But today’s crisis is uniquely serious: Researchers predict this one will more than double any previous nurse shortage we have experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s. It is being fueled by a perfect storm — a population that is not only growing but growing older, with an increasing incidence of chronic disease, an aging nursing workforce and limited capacity of nursing schools to replace those who are retiring.
While nurses with all levels of training are needed to provide a continuum of care to our communities, the need for baccalaureateprepared nurses in our region, and the doctorateprepared nursing faculty to train them, is most acute.
The Keiser University of Lakewood Ranch nursing instructor does what she can to recount the stories of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001 from the prospective of a nurse who was on the scene at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, 20 blocks from the World Trade Center in New York City.
It’s actually part of her job to make sure her students don’t forget.
Malloy said the terrorist attacks were the defining moment of her nursing career. Now she teaches specific classes where that disaster is part of the learning experience.
“It’s more than likely my nursing students will experience a disaster situation,” Malloy said. “I let them know about the disaster and about ethical issues. You have to make decisions … you want to sit and comfort a patient who is dying and you can’t.
“There are so many things you need to know and it’s so important these days. The likelihood they will experience a disaster, with all the gunshots and bombings, is high. My students are going to experience some disasters in their careers, so I take it seriously when I teach it. Their obligation is to be prepared.”
With Sept. 11 approaching, I asked Malloy to share some of her memories.
St. Vincent’s Hospital, which is no longer there, was at the corner of 12th Street and Seventh Avenue when planes struck the World Trade Center. It was the second-closest hospital and closest Level 1 Trauma Center to the scene.
Malloy, who was the director of nursing at St. Vincent’s, said she had arrived at the hospital as usual, around 7:45 a.m. and remembered what a beautiful fall day it was.
“I remember saying, ‘I wish I was at the beach.’ I thought it was going to be a routine day.”
About an hour after she arrived, Malloy looked out a window and saw a plane flying way too low.
“It looked like it was flying down Seventh Avenue,” she said. “It was just a weird sight.”
At 8:46 a.m., terrorists flew the plane into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Moments later, the hospital’s disaster bell went off. The devastation could be seen from the hospital. At 9:03 a.m., another plane hit the south tower.
Susan Cohen, RN, ARNP, Nursing faculty at Keiser University as she supervises Physical Assessment skills lab with 2 Keiser students. SNAC awarded a Nursing faculty scholarship to Susan in 2017. She will become Dr. Susan Cohen DNP, RN when she graduates with her Doctorate in Nursing from Keiser University this month. SNAC has earmarked seven scholarships since 2016 to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees to help provide more nursing professors which are needed to expand the capacity of local nursing schools.
Ms. Terry Doire received a 2017 SNAC Nursing Faculty Doctoral Scholarship and has now completed her Doctoral work at NSU. Dr. Doire serves as Nursing faculty at Keiser University in Sarasota, Florida. Be sure to read about her journey of 40 years in Nursing and the inspirations that guided her SNAC Success Story.
SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2019) – The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) awarded 14 scholarships totaling $50,000 this month in a continuing effort to strengthen the region’s nursing workforce.
The annual scholarships are part of SNAC’s multi-pronged action plan to develop a pipeline of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and ensure continued access to safe, high-quality care on the Suncoast.
A retired nurse executive and former chief nursing officer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, SNAC co-chair Jan Mauck said nurses’ vigilance and critical thinking skills at the bedside keep patients safe. Additionally, nurses must be prepared to address a wide range of healthcare issues, including the ability to address quality, cost, and accessibility of health care services.
“When we invest in and encourage nurses to obtain their bachelor’s degrees, we are helping to insure the nursing workforce is better prepared for the challenges ahead,” said Mauck, who leads the grassroots coalition of hospital, community and academic leaders addressing the nursing shortage in the four-county Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto region.
With a rapidly expanding older population, rising incidence of chronic disease and limited capacity of accredited nursing schools that offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees, Florida faces a critical need in nurses who are capable of a higher level of critical thinking and application. BSN nursing programs help to alleviate the nursing shortage by graduating nurses who are much more likely to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam) required for practice. In Florida the NCLEX pass rates are the lowest in the U.S., with the exception of BSN degree programs which are above the national average.
SNAC scholarships are targeted toward local nurses pursuing BSN degrees or higher. Since 2016, SNAC has awarded $264,000 in nursing scholarships to 72 local recipients (including those awarded today). Many have already or are slated to graduate in the next two years with BSN degrees and plan to work in the Suncoast region. Several have started work toward master’s and doctoral degrees as well. Over the years, SNAC has earmarked seven scholarships to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees because more nursing professors are needed to expand the capacity of local nursing schools.
In addition to awarding scholarships, SNAC’s initiatives also include:
• Nurse Navigator services – SNAC hired a Nursing Education Navigator to advise and mentor people interested in a nursing career. From February 2015 through Aug 2019, the navigator has counseled over 1,100 students/nurses and referred 820 to nursing programs. At least 255 are currently accepted/enrolled or have graduated from an accredited nursing school program.
• Nursing Education Programs – SNAC is helping hospitals and colleges develop and expand programs that provide direct and accelerated pathways for pre-licensure 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 in the coming year.
• 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, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation, and CareerEdge.
About the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition: SNAC is a regional coalition made up of representatives from health systems, colleges and universities educating 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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SNAC founder Jan Mauck recently met with Florida SouthWestern State College Nursing faculty to discuss the 2 +2 BSN program and ongoing FSW participation in SNAC. FSW faculty member Angela Vitale, RN MSN is currently completing her PhD at Walden University and is partially funded by a SNAC Nursing Faculty scholarship.
Apply Here Accepting applications through March 28th The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program supports registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and nurse faculty by paying up to 85 percent of their unpaid nursing education debt.In exchange, participants serve for at least two years at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or, for nurse faculty, at an eligible school of nursing.Before you apply, learn about application details including eligibility and service requirements in the 2019 Application and Program Guidance.
New in 2019! The Nurse Corps anticipates making up to 10 percent of loan repayment awards to psychiatric nurse practitioners, highly skilled specialists who are on the front lines helping combat the nation’s opioid crisis.
Are you eligible? Eligible applicants include: licensed registered nurses; advanced practice registered nurses, including psychiatric nurse practitioners; or nurse faculty members with qualifying nursing debt. Applicants must have received nursing education from an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory and work full-time in: an eligible Critical Shortage Facility in a high need area (for RNs and APRNs); or an accredited school of nursing (for nurse faculty).
Application Help Need help with your application? Attend one of our technical assistance calls.Technical Assistance Call #1 Thursday, March 7, 2019 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.Technical Assistance Call #2 Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Be on the lookout for dial-in information, as well as, helpful application tips and technical assistance opportunities on our Nurse Corps Facebook page! For additional application questions, call 1-800-221-9393 (TTY: 1-877-897-9910) Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET.