Archive for September 2016

NEWS RELEASE: SNAC Announces Fall 2016 BSN Scholarship Program

NEWS RELEASE: SNAC Announces Fall 2016 BSN Scholarship Program

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

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


Come on over to Manatee Memorial 9/28

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

Participating Schools

  • University of Phoenix
  • Chamberlin College of Nursing
  • Keiser University
  • St. Pete College
  • State College of Florida
  • St. Leo University
  • Walden University
  • Galen College
  • 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!

Education is the power to change the future. . .



Suncoast Scholarships Tackle Nursing School Faculty Shortage

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.


Paulette’s Nursing Journey: Back to School

fullsizerender-2Most 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!”


Congratulations Suncoast Technical College School of Nursing LPN Grads

Suncoast Technical College is celebrating the August 4th, 2016 graduation class of  29 new practical nurses.  These smiling faces will be completing their Florida State Board examinations and become Licensed Practical Nurses in the next few weeks.  The class was quickly engaged in local healthcare facilities.  40% of these graduates were hired prior to graduation!  SNAC can also report that over 60% of these graduates have already applied to begin the next level of nursing through an associate or bachelor’s degree program to become a registered nurse.  Our congratulations to each of these new practical nurses and to the nursing faculty at Suncoast Technical College.  Well done!

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