FNA ALERT – NO CAPS on new BSN programs at Community Colleges

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Legislation is moving through the Florida Senate that would severely restrict new four-year degree programs at community colleges. This would make it more difficult for these institutions to offer needed BSN programs.

The Florida Nurses Association opposes caps on baccalaureate programs at community colleges. Please contact your state senator (see below) and Sen. Joe Negron (negron.joe@flsenate.gov) and explain that you OPPOSE caps added to SB 948 for the following reasons:

  • There is a projected nursing shortage in our state as older nurses leave the workforce, the population ages, and access to health care increases.
  • The Florida Center for Nursing estimates a need of 50,300 additional RNs by 2025.
  • Community colleges play a critical role in producing BSN-prepared nurses to enter the workforce.
  • Hospitals are increasingly turning to nurses with a four-year BSN degree because they are better prepared to enter the workforce.
  • There is a national movement to increase the proportion of working nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher to 80 percent by 2020. This effort is among the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine and its report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”
  • The report also recommends that nurses achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. Florida’s community colleges play a key role in achieving that goal.

To find the senator who represents you, go to www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find.