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SNAC Nursing Faculty Scholarship Spotlight: Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen, RN, ARNP, Nursing faculty at Keiser University

Susan Cohen, RN, ARNP, Nursing faculty at Keiser University as she supervises Physical Assessment skills lab with 2 Keiser students. SNAC awarded a Nursing faculty scholarship to Susan in 2017.  She will become Dr. Susan Cohen DNP, RN when she graduates with her Doctorate in Nursing from Keiser University this month.  SNAC has earmarked seven scholarships since 2016 to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees to help provide more nursing professors which are needed to expand the capacity of local nursing schools.  


SNAC Nursing Faculty Scholarship helps Terry Doire become DNP

Terry Doire DNP, RN: Getting ready for Graduation at Nova Southeastern University

Ms. Terry Doire received a 2017 SNAC Nursing Faculty Doctoral Scholarship and has now completed her Doctoral work at NSU. Dr. Doire serves as Nursing faculty at Keiser University in Sarasota, Florida. Be sure to read about her journey of 40 years in Nursing and the inspirations that guided her SNAC Success Story.     


Local Scholarships Strengthen Nursing Workforce

SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2019) – The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) awarded 14 scholarships totaling $50,000 this month in a continuing effort to strengthen the region’s nursing workforce.

The annual scholarships are part of SNAC’s multi-pronged action plan to develop a pipeline of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and ensure continued access to safe, high-quality care on the Suncoast. 

A retired nurse executive and former chief nursing officer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, SNAC co-chair Jan Mauck said nurses’ vigilance and critical thinking skills at the bedside keep patients safe. Additionally, nurses must be prepared to address a wide range of healthcare issues, including the ability to address quality, cost, and accessibility of health care services.

“When we invest in and encourage nurses to obtain their bachelor’s degrees, we are helping to insure the nursing workforce is better prepared for the challenges ahead,” said Mauck, who leads the grassroots coalition of hospital, community and academic leaders addressing the nursing shortage in the four-county Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto region. 

With a rapidly expanding older population, rising incidence of chronic disease and limited capacity of accredited nursing schools that offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees, Florida faces a critical need in nurses who are capable of a higher level of critical thinking and application. BSN nursing programs help to alleviate the nursing shortage by graduating nurses who are much more likely to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam) required for practice. In Florida the NCLEX pass rates are the lowest in the U.S., with the exception of BSN degree programs which are above the national average.

SNAC scholarships are targeted toward local nurses pursuing BSN degrees or higher. Since 2016, SNAC has awarded $264,000 in nursing scholarships to 72 local recipients (including those awarded today). Many have already or are slated to graduate in the next two years with BSN degrees and plan to work in the Suncoast region. Several have started work toward master’s and doctoral degrees as well. Over the years, SNAC has earmarked seven scholarships to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees because more nursing professors are needed to expand the capacity of local nursing schools.  

In addition to awarding scholarships, SNAC’s initiatives also include:

• Nurse Navigator services – SNAC hired a Nursing Education Navigator to advise and mentor people interested in a nursing career. From February 2015 through Aug 2019, the navigator has counseled over 1,100 students/nurses and referred 820 to nursing programs. At least 255 are currently accepted/enrolled or have graduated from an accredited nursing school program. 

• Nursing Education Programs – SNAC is helping hospitals and colleges develop and expand programs that provide direct and accelerated pathways for pre-licensure BSN nursing students. Local partners Florida Southwestern State College, Keiser University, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee all have created new or expanded curriculums and facilities that are allowing more nurses to enroll in four-year BSN programs in their hometowns in the coming year. 

• Community Support – Foundations supporting the scholarships and related SNAC initiatives include the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Burruss Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation, Lela D. Jackson Foundation, Janice S. Kelly Memorial Foundation, Rita B. Lamere Memorial Foundation, and Sarah Greer Mayer Fund of the Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation, and CareerEdge.

About the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition: SNAC is a regional coalition made up of representatives from health systems, colleges and universities educating nurses and community members in a four-county region (Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties). The grassroots group is working with 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, 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. Information: (941) 780-1447 or


SNAC and Florida Southwestern State College

SNAC founder Jan Mauck recently met with Florida SouthWestern State College Nursing faculty to discuss the 2 +2 BSN program and ongoing FSW participation in SNAC. FSW faculty member Angela Vitale, RN MSN is currently completing her PhD at Walden University and is partially funded by a SNAC Nursing Faculty scholarship.

Pictured Left to Right: Kate Garber, SNAC NEN; Angela Vitale MSN; Wendy Ortiz, FSW Counselor; Jan Mauck; and Bobby Holbrook MSN, ARNP, FSW Program Director, Nursing.

The 2019 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Now Accepting Applications

Now Open! 2019 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

Apply Here
Accepting applications through March 28th The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program supports registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and nurse faculty by paying up to 85 percent of their unpaid nursing education debt.In exchange, participants serve for at least two years at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or, for nurse faculty, at an eligible school of nursing.Before you apply, learn about application details including eligibility and service requirements in the 2019 Application and Program Guidance.

New in 2019! The Nurse Corps anticipates making up to 10 percent of loan repayment awards to psychiatric nurse practitioners, highly skilled specialists who are on the front lines helping combat the nation’s opioid crisis.
Are you eligible?
Eligible applicants include: licensed registered nurses; advanced practice registered nurses, including psychiatric nurse practitioners; or nurse faculty members with qualifying nursing debt.
Applicants must have received nursing education from an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory and work full-time in: an eligible Critical Shortage Facility in a high need area (for RNs and APRNs); or an accredited school of nursing (for nurse faculty).
Application Help
Need help with your application? Attend one of our technical assistance calls.Technical Assistance Call #1 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.Technical Assistance Call #2 
Thursday, March 21, 2019 
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Be on the lookout for dial-in information, as well as, helpful application tips and technical assistance opportunities on our 

Nurse Corps Facebook page!
For additional application questions, call 1-800-221-9393 (TTY: 1-877-897-9910) Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET.

USFSM to host health conference on opiate abuse: February 23, 2019

Opiate abuse has become a national health emergency, and Manatee County has been especially hard hit with one of the nation’s highest rates of opioid overdose deaths.

Tackling this crisis is a top concern of health professionals and advocates, including mental health counselors.

That is why professionals from health, community service programs and law enforcement will gather Saturday, Feb. 23, at USF Sarasota-Manatee to discuss strategies to fight this epidemic, raise awareness and promote addiction treatment services.

Behavioral health advocate and activist Leah Hill, who collaborated on the Surgeon General’s recent opiates panel, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference, “Releasing the Chokehold: Opiate Use Nationally and in our Communities,” is open to the public and features notable panelists, including Nathan Scott, the child-welfare policy coordinator at the Family Safety Alliance; Sara Smith, a marriage and family therapist at the Miami Rescue Mission; and Det. Carl Jones of the Bradenton Police Department.

“Leah is a dynamic and well-informed speaker who has graciously agreed to meet with us to discuss this critical issue and offer us her thoughts and insights,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, who chairs the Duvall Family Studies program at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “We are fortunate to have her here.”

The Duvall program sponsors the annual Family Studies Conference, including this upcoming event. The conference runs Feb. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Selby Auditorium at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $25, which includes morning pastries, coffee and lunch, and must be purchased in advance. The deadline for tickets is Feb. 20.

Visit for information and tickets. Scroll to the link, “Register for the 2019 Family Studies Conference.”


NEW 2019 SNAC BSN Scholarship Application / Deadline: March 1

NEW 2019 SNAC BSN Scholarship Application / Deadline: March 1

SNAC is pleased to share the 2019 application for the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition’s BSN Scholarship opportunity.  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.

This is a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for individuals in an accredited BSN nursing program. 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 application description and all supporting materials can be found online.  The application submission is an online process.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

For questions or further information, please contact:

Earl Young

Manager of Scholarships & Special Initiatives

Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

(941) 556-7114


Article: Nurses Again Outpace Other Professions for Honesty, Ethics

We are proud to be nurses and share this recent research:

“More than four in five Americans (84%) again rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as “very high” or “high,” earning them the top spot among a diverse list of professions for the 17th consecutive year.” … Continue Reading:


Four Virtual Job Fairs in Two Weeks! Network with employers!

HRSA’s Substance Use Disorder Regional Virtual Job Fairs : February and March 2019

HRSA’s Virtual Job Fairs are online recruitment events that connect students, trainees, and clinicians with health care delivery organizations. The goal of this upcoming Virtual Job Fair is to connect current and future clinicians who are providing substance use disorder services with health care organizations located in underserved communities.

HRSA is hosting four regional events in February and March. At no cost, join the HRSA Virtual Job Fairs to connect and network with health care organizations. You’ll be presented with hundreds of open positions, hear details about relocation, benefit packages, and populations served. Please choose the correct event based on your location preference.

  1. East Coast: Register for the February 26 event (4:45-7:00pm ET) if you are interested in working in an organization located within HHS Regions 1 thru 4. (Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Islands, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia).
  2. North/South Central: Register for the February 28 event (3:45-6:00pm CT) if you are interested in working in an organization located within HHS Regions 5 and 6(Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin).
  3. Mountain/Plains: Register for the March 5 event (3:45-6:00pm MT if you are interested in working in an organization located within HHS Regions 7 and 8(Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming).
  4. West Coast: Register for the March 7 event (4:45-7:00pm PT) if you are interested in working in an organization located within HHS Regions 9 and 10(Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, WashingtonAmerican Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau).

After registering, participants may prepare for the Virtual Job Fair by building a searchable professional profile on the Health Workforce Connector. You can highlight and share your professional experiences, education, and employment preferences with organizations searching for qualified candidates like you! With over 6,000 job opportunities throughout 23,000+ organizations, the Connector helps future and current health professionals find careers in underserved communities.

  • For current NHSC or Nurse Corps program recipients, click here to use your current portal credentials to log in.
  • For all others, click here to set up a new account.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get real-time answers to your employment questions. To participate, you need a computer, smart phone, or other mobile technology with access to the Internet. 

Visit the Virtual Job Fair website to learn more.