SNAC Shares Regional Approach to Increasing BSN Nurses

SNAC Shares Regional Approach to Increasing BSN Nurses

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Deborah Gauvreau, consultant with The Patterson Foundation
The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) shared its collaborative approach to increasing the number and percentage of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared nurses on the Suncoast (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto counties) in its first webinar. Presenters were Jan Mauck, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC; Melissa Shelton, Ph.D., RN, CNE; and Charles Baumann, CPA, and Community Advocate.

Over 55 registrants learned how SNAC is addressing the gaps and challenges to achieve its aspirations. Presenters shared SNAC’s partnering structure, its background, and successes during the almost 4-year journey as it supports increasing access to better health care and improved health outcomes. SNAC’s application of successful strategies is in alignment with the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommends that 80 percent of the nursing workforce has a nursing bachelor's degree or higher by 2020.

Seeking to support other regions in Florida to develop resources to advance the nursing workforce, the Florida Action Coalition encouraged SNAC to share with colleagues across the state its vision, approaches, and outcomes. SNAC’s first ever webinar was supported by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMH) technology resources. SMH also assisted in providing continuing education credits as an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

SNAC’s future plans include continuing to support the expansion of the area’s BSN educational capacity, broaden the impact of the Nurse Education Navigator, increase health care employer commitment, continue to evaluate and refine SNAC’s infrastructure, and expand ways for SNAC to share knowledge and successful strategies with other regions in Florida and beyond.

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