So why do I want to become a Family Nurse Practitioner when I’m already in my fifties?
I grew up on a dairy farm in Kansas. Neither of my parents had gone to college, but they were determined that we should. I started my career as a pharmacy assistant in high school. I discovered my interest in nursing and then went on to become a certified nursing assistant, LPN, and finally I put myself through an associate degree program to become a registered nurse. My first love was labor and delivery but I soon transitioned to NICU. After several years of experience I was able to become certified as an ECMO specialist (heart and lung bypass) for our critically ill neonatal patients. I had been working on my prerequisites for my BSN but life began to intervene and I stepped back to part-time NICU as we began our family.
Twenty years and four sons later I decided it was time to fulfill my educational goals! I started back to State College of Florida and in December 2015 I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I’m currently working in the Sarasota County mobile medical unit and enjoying this new experience. But my love of family nursing is propelling me on. So October 2016 finds me enrolled at the University of South Florida in their prestigious MSN program with the goal of becoming a family nurse practitioner. I couldn’t be happier! This is truly a dream come true.
My husband Jeff and I are blessed! Two of our sons are currently enrolled at the University of Florida in engineering. Our third son is a Senior at Riverview High IB and he is considering premed. Our youngest son is in middle school and he is looking forward to high school next year. Our sons’ see me back in school and I think it helps impress the importance of hard work, persistence and pursuing goals in life.
So why do I want to become a family nurse practitioner when I’m already in my fifties? It’s very simple. I have a lot of learning, living and caring to do. There’s a high chance that I will go on for my DNP because I truly love learning. And I’m convinced that working and doing what you love keeps your mind and body in optimal shape as you age.
This true life success story belongs to Lynne Streitmatter RN BSN. A mature and experienced nurse who decided it was time to complete the goals she set for herself many years ago. It’s a truly inspiring story. And it can be your story too. Contact the nurse education navigator today and let’s just get on with it! Do something today that your future self will thank you for tomorrow.
“Two years ago, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) implemented a strategy to propel its objective to increase the number and percentage of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree nurses in the area. SNAC is following the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) blueprint for change defined in its landmark report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The report recommends that 80% of nurses have a BSN or higher degree. This region has 33% BSNs. Nurses with higher levels of education reduce medical errors and hospital readmissions. Quite simply: with more BSNs, we have better access to better care.
SNAC’s research showed there was a need for a resource to support individuals considering a degree in nursing. SNAC created a Nursing Education Navigator (NEN) to guide, mentor, and match individuals’ needs and desires with the best programs for them considering the type of degree, accreditation, and financial assistance.
“In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced a vision of working with others to build a Culture of Health that gives everyone in America an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life they can.
Nearly two years later, a special issue of Health Affairs features early findings from research on key factors that contribute to a Culture of Health, such as the interconnection of health and social issues; the link between population well-being and life expectancy; and collaboration across the many different sectors which play a critical role in achieving better health for all.
Writes Health Affairs Editor Alan Weil: “If there is one notion that captures what is needed to create a Culture of Health, it is that existing boundary lines must be crossed. Whether it is the public and private sector, the health and social sectors, or the silos that exist within the health …” Continue Reading Here
“The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC), a local coalition of employers, academics and community leaders, has taken bold steps to help boost the number of qualified nursing instructors in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee and Desoto counties) and address the continuing nursing shortage. SNAC is addressing clinical care needs of this area because nursing schools, both here and across the country, are facing serious staffing shortages.
“Nursing students are being turned away from understaffed nursing schools at a time when more nurses than ever are needed in hospital and community care settings,” said Jan Mauck, Chief Nursing Officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and co-chair of SNAC. “By investing in nurses’ post-graduate education, we hope more nurses will become prepared to fill those critical faculty roles.”
SNAC has developed two scholarship programs: the first provides financial support for current nursing faculty in the region pursuing doctoral degrees in nursing. Candidates for the doctoral scholarship … ” Continue Reading Here
The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition announces a Fall 2016 scholarship program for individuals pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This scholarship provides financial support for current BSN candidates in the SNAC Region (Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, & Desoto Counties). The goal is to increase the number of bachelor’s prepared nurses who are working within the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) region. The amount awarded per person may vary and is at the discretion of the SNAC selection committee. 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 community-funded SNAC scholarships are among many statewide initiatives that followed a landmark Institute of Medicine report published in 2010, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which recommended doubling the number of nurses with doctorates in the United States by the year 2020, and other actions to ensure nurses are well positioned to lead change and advance health. The SNAC BSN Scholarship application, which has an application deadline of October 15, 2016, 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 training nurses and community members in a 4-county region (Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte).
To help address the needs in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Desoto counties, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come on over to Manatee Memorial 9/28 and find out how these 10 Colleges and Universities of Nursing can further your career. Learn from the expertise of representatives and your Nurse Education Navigator as you investigate all your options. The perfect fit is waiting for your decision to move ahead. Do something today that your future self will thank you for tomorrow!
Manatee Memorial Hospital Date: Wednesday, September 28th Time: 7:30 am – 2:00pm Location: Auditorium, 206 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208
University of Phoenix
Chamberlin College of Nursing
St. Pete College
State College of Florida
St. Leo University
Western Governors University
University of South Florida
Meet with representatives from the above schools as well as the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition to find the degree program and career path right for you!
SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2016) – The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) began awarding advanced degree nursing scholarships this month to help boost the number of qualified nursing instructors in the region and address the continuing nursing shortage. An aging faculty, limited pool of candidates with post-graduate degrees needed to teach nursing and increasing job competition from clinical sites are contributing to serious staffing shortages in nursing schools across the country.
“Nursing students are being turned away from understaffed nursing schools at a time when more nurses than ever are needed in hospital and community care settings,” said Jan Mauck, Chief Nursing Officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and co-chair of SNAC. “By investing in nurses’ post-graduate education, we hope more nurses will become prepared to fill those critical faculty roles.
To that end, SNAC has developed two scholarship programs. The first provides financial support for current nursing faculty in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee and Desoto counties) pursuing doctoral degrees in nursing (either a DNP or Ph.D). The goal is to increase the number of doctoral prepared faculty qualified to teach in the SNAC region’s Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN) programs. SNAC soon will be announcing a second scholarship program for individuals pursuing a BSN degree.
Most nurses would think Paulette Sita RN is sitting pretty! Paulette, a Case Manager Supervisor, and husband Collins, a pharmacist, both are employed at Fawcett Memorial Hospital where they even get to have lunch together. Paulette’s nursing background includes expertise in GYN ONC at Sarasota Memorial and in hospice care at Tidwell hospice prior to the last several years as a Case Manager. But this accomplished professional woman is not about to rest on her laurels. It’s back to school for her!
This mother of four says “my main thing is for the children to see that if I can do it, they can do it. It is so imperative to get a college education and anytime in life you can further yourself in whatever direction you want to take in your field. Shelby, 25, Eion, 20, Eric, 19 and Gavin, 16 were really young when I finished my first degree. I see this as providing a positive role model for them and they will realize how much work is going into it. If mom can do it, they can too!”
“I am excited and a little bit nervous. It’s been 13 years since I finished my RN and I was thinking about going back to school. Bonnie Ziai, RN MSN, Director of Education, arranged a university day at Fawcett in June and I met the SNAC Nurse Education Navigator that day. She steered me to a RN to MSN program with the case management specialty from American Sentinel University. It was like fate was speaking to me!”