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
“… The critical demand for hospital nurses is the result of an aging population combined with staggering workforce attrition. About 34 percent of newly licensed nurses who work in hospitals leave their jobs within two years. And a wave of retirements is coming. Of Florida’s current R.N.s, 44 percent are over the age of 50. The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC)—a pilot project in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties—reports that Florida may face an overall shortage of R.N.s as soon as 2025.
At the same time, Sarasota Memorial and hospitals across the country are pushing to make a B.S.N., a bachelor of science degree in nursing, the standard level of education since the degree is correlated with lower death rates, reduced disease and infection rates, and fewer complications. (Most nurses in the country have a two- to three-year associate of science nursing degree.) Currently, only a third of Southwest Florida nurses have a B.S.N. A national campaign led by the National Academy of Medicine is pushing for 80 percent of nurses to have their B.S.N. by 2020.
“There are millions of associate nurses producing excellent outcomes, but a B.S.N. education is more aimed toward critical thinking and leadership,” says Kate Garber, SNAC’s nurse navigator, who helps students and existing nurses get their B.S.N. …”
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A nursing shortage is not just an employment issue; it has the potential to be a health care crisis. As the profession expands and retirements loom, our higher education institutions bear the responsibility to educate and train enough highly qualified nurses to meet the demand of our hospitals and health care providers.
Our hospitals want nurses with bachelor’s of science degrees in nursing, or BSNs. As health care becomes more complex, our nurses need more education to meet the emerging challenges. Local hospitals require a registered nurse to have a BSN within three to five years of employment. The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC), which monitors the nursing profession in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, has set the goal to have 80 percent of nurses with baccalaureate degrees by 2020. SNAC reports that the four-county region is currently just above 31 percent with BSNs… Read more:http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171116/higher-learning-scf-takes-action-against-nursing-shortage
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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