The Patterson Foundation (TPF) focuses on realizing aspirations by strengthening people, organizations and communities. Improving health is an aspiration shared by many in our region, which is why the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC), a coalition of leaders working to improve health care systems and health outcomes, has gained momentum over the past couple of years.
As it evolves, SNAC, which focuses its efforts in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, is successfully moving key indicators. But its success? That’s founded upon so much more.
SNAC’s aspirations are lofty. It seeks to create change in academic and healthcare systems so more nurses have higher levels of education. Studies show that when more bedside nurses have a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), mortality and morbidity decline. SNAC’s primary goal, is to increase the number and percentage of BSN’s to reduce morbidity and mortality.
Thirty-two percent of nurses in this region have BSNs. The national goal is 80 percent. To move that needle closer to 80 percent, greater awareness and engagement are needed so academic and healthcare systems work together, not as silos. Barriers to nurses advancing their education must be dissolved and relationships must be strengthened so organizations are working together for the benefit of the community.
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