nursing shortage

USF Sarasota-Manatee

In the next 30 years, figures show the fastest growing demographic in the Sarasota-Manatee region will be people 80 or older. In addition, just 31 percent of the nurses currently there have baccalaureate degrees.

The University of South Florida Health College of Nursing hopes to remedy both of those issues by offering its program at its Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Licensed Florida nurses may soon be eligible to practice in 27 other states without the red tape of getting additional licenses.

Did Gov. Rick Scott really brag about the state's low wages during business trips? And is there a critical shortage of nurses in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

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It may seem counterintuitive – but a military medic or corpsman, trained to save lives in combat and provide health care at home, does not qualify for most civilian medical jobs.

What’s worse – many veterans are at a competitive disadvantage when seeking admittance into nursing colleges.

Multi-State Nurse Licenses On The Move In Senate

Feb 18, 2016

Florida lawmakers continued moving forward Wednesday with a proposal that could help nurses practice across state lines.

Florida’s nursing profession could see some new recruits.  A plan to let Florida join a multi-state licensure compact is working its way through the legislature.

House Panel To Quickly Take Up Multi-State Nurse Licensing

Jan 7, 2016

A House select committee Monday could move quickly to approve a bill designed to help nurses practice across state lines. The bill (HB 1061) was filed last week by House Health Quality Chairman Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, as House leaders take aim at various regulations in the health-care industry.