Chief Nursing Officers Collaborate for Better Care and Better Outcomes

Chief Nursing Officers Collaborate for Better Care and Better Outcomes

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Deborah Gauvreau, consultant with The Patterson Foundation
The Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) in Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota, and Manatee counties are working together to achieve the mission and purpose of Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark report which recommends 80% of nurses have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or higher degree. Nurses with higher levels of education reduce medical errors and hospital readmissions. SNAC is contributing to the improvement of the region’s healthcare system by increasing access to a highly educated and skilled nursing workforce.

With more than 3 million nurses in the nation and about 7,000 in the region, the nursing profession is the largest segment of the country’s health care workforce. Nurses can play a vital role in helping to ensure the advancement of needed changes in healthcare and health outcomes.

Though all face the challenges of the nationwide shortage of nurses, locally our CNO’s are working together. Their intentions are:
  • Increase the percentage of BSNs (currently our region has 34% BSNs) and higher degrees and commit to community-wide support of the SNAC initiative
  • Engage all employers in supporting the development of a traditional BSN program in the region
  • Collect and share BSN data to monitor and improve the BSN percentages in the region
  • Share successful practices to promote higher BSN percentages and certifications
  • Share employer practices to increase BSN percentages
The Patterson Foundation (TPF) has supported SNAC since its inception. TPF is committed to strengthening the collaboration and impact of SNAC by helping to cultivate an environment for success by providing strategic and tactical expertise to help the vision of this national movement become a reality in our region. The sharing of vital information and the creation of thoughtful partnerships can lead to connections that change the trajectory of our community and healthcare system for the better.

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