With increased support from area foundations, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) announced today that it has more than doubled the number of nursing education scholarships it awarded to local recipients this spring. SNAC awarded 44 scholarships, totaling $110,000, to nursing students and working nurses pursuing bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees, and three scholarships, totaling $48,000, to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees. All of the recipients live or work in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Desoto counties. The annual scholarships are part of SNAC’s plan to strengthen the region’s nursing workforce by boosting the number of BSN-prepared nurses and the doctorate-level nursing instructors needed to teach them.
SNAC scholarships are administered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Manatee Community Foundation. Other supporting foundations include 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, Charlotte Community Foundation and CareerEdge.
“Never in my 45-year nursing career has the value–and vulnerability–of nursing been so clearly brought into focus,” said Jan Mauck, who co-founded and has been leading SNAC’s advocacy efforts since retiring as chief nursing officer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2016.“This pandemic has compelled nurses at all levels to take on new and expanded leadership roles, collaborating in ways they never had to before, as they tried to solve problems you would never expect in our nation’s well-equipped health care system."