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Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

September 2013 – Present

Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

The Purpose

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) is a regional coalition made up of representatives from major healthcare organizations, schools educating nurses, and community members in Florida’s Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. The grassroots group is working with the Florida Action Coalition to develop resources and implement recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report entitled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommends 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 to positively influence the health and healthcare outcomes in the nation.

Strengthening the Impact

The Patterson Foundation is committed to strengthening the collaboration and impact of the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition by helping to cultivate an environment for success. This includes providing facilitation, knowledge, and strategic and tactical expertise from an initiative consultant to help the vision of this national movement become reality in our region. A more highly educated nursing workforce leads to improved patient outcomes, infection rates, and mortality rates.


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Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?

The Patterson Foundation supports strengthening the efforts of people, organizations, and communities. It saw the opportunity to support beneficial change in health care by cultivating the environment for the success of this coalition. The initiative consultant acts as a facilitator with skills in collaboration processes. The Patterson Foundation supports providing strategic and tactical expertise to ensure a quality process.

How is the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition related to the Campaign for Action and the Florida Action Coalition?

Based on the Institute of Medicine’s report, the Campaign for Action is a national movement to mobilize nurses, healthcare providers, consumers, educators, and businesses to strengthen nursing on multiple fronts.

Formed in 2011, the Florida Action Coalition is one of the many action coalitions developed to move the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations forward at state and local levels.

How did the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition start?

The Florida Action Coalition created committees with representatives from throughout the state to achieve its objectives. One of its teams is the Education Action Team, which focuses on the following Institute of Medicine recommendations:
  • Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020
  • Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020
  • Implement nurse residency programs
  • Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning

Through participation on the Florida Action Coalition's Education Action Team, local representatives took ownership of implementing these recommendations in this region.

SNAC was formed to be the regional coalition to develop a pilot project allowing other regions of the state a successful and proven pathway to achieve a more educated nursing workforce and improve healthcare outcomes. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is SNAC’s fiscal sponsor providing vital administrative, fiscal, scholarship, and donor relations support.

Who are the primary participants in the Coalition?

SNAC has a broad representation of hospitals, large healthcare organizations, and educational institutions with nursing programs in the region as well as interested community members.

What is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing rate in our region?

This region has moved from 33.5 to 38 percent BSNs from 2014 to 2016 including advanced practice registered nurses. Florida jumped from 39.5 to 45.6 percent BSNs from 2011 to 2015.

What are the desired outcomes of the Coalition’s work?

  • 80% of nurses with a BSN or higher degrees
  • Eliminate faculty shortage with more doctorally prepared nurses teaching
  • Greater capacity in area nursing schools to train nursing BSNs, MSNs, and PhDs
  • Academic and healthcare providers further enhancing working relationships for community-wide change
  • Scholarships/loans are available and strategically allocated — since financial challenges are a significant barrier for academic progression for some
  • Academic institutions, healthcare employers, and community are learning, sharing, and engaged to use largely available resources to change the system 

What are the Coalition’s accomplishments so far?

  • Engagement of hospitals and nursing schools
  • Academic institutions in the area are modifying the programs and expanding capacity for more students
  • Creation of a SNAC scholarship fund and awarding scholarships for BSNs, MSNs, and doctoral students
  • Creation and funding of a Nursing Education Navigator role in the community to advise and mentor potential students
  • The Nursing Education Navigator is increasing the number of students accepted by nursing programs
  • Funders are supporting SNAC
  • The number and percentage of BSNs in the area is demonstrably increasing

What does the Coalition aspire to achieve?

  • Improved access to high-quality care
  • Improved healthcare system with decreased mortality
  • Broad awareness of the importance of nursing to the area’s future of health care
  • Nurses in important and diverse roles 
  • System of care that is self-adjusting to address needed changes over time
  • Contribute to changes made to Florida policy 

How can I get involved with the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition initiative?

SNAC is interested in connecting with individuals in the area. Contact initiative consultant Deborah Gauvreau:

Who can I contact about the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition initiative?

For more information, contact initiative consultant Deborah Gauvreau:

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