The Florida Center for Nursing Announces their Closing
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
The Florida Center for Nursing has been providing mandated services since its inception in 2001. Regrettably, our funding has been intermittent and our funds are now depleted. Accordingly, the FCN will not be able to continue and will be closing this week. We do hope that the information and services provided over the years have been helpful to advance the critical work addressing nurse workforce issues for the health of Florida. The following is a list of the mandated services that have been provided.
FS 464.0195 Florida Center for Nursing: goals--
1. Establishing and maintaining a database on nursing supply and demand in the state, to include current supply and demand;
2. Analyzing the current supply and demand in the state and making future projections of such, including assessing the impact of this state’s participation in the Nurse Licensure Compact under s. 464.0095; and
3. Selecting from the plan priorities to be addressed.
FS 464.019 (10) Implementation Study
- The Florida Center for Nursing shall evaluate program-specific data for each approved program and accredited program conducted in the state, including, but not limited to:
- The number of programs and student slots available.
- The number of student applications submitted, the number of qualified applicants, and the number of students accepted.
- The number of program graduates.
4. Program retention rates of students tracked from program entry to graduation.
5. Graduate passage rates on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination.
6. The number of graduates who become employed as practical or professional nurses in the state.
- The Florida Center for Nursing shall evaluate the board’s implementation of the:
- Program application approval process, including, but not limited to, the number of program applications submitted under subsection (1); the number of program applications approved and denied by the board under subsection (2); the number of denials of program applications reviewed under chapter 120; and a description of the outcomes of those reviews.
- Accountability processes, including, but not limited to, the number of programs on probationary status, the number of approved programs for which the program director is required to appear before the board under subsection (5), the number of approved programs terminated by the board, the number of terminations reviewed under chapter 120, and a description of the outcomes of those reviews.
- The Florida Center for Nursing shall complete an annual assessment of compliance by programs with the accreditation requirements of subsection (11), include in the assessment a determination of the accreditation process status for each program, and submit the assessment as part of the reports required by this subsection.
The Board of Directors would like to express a debt of gratitude to Mary Lou Brunell, Executive Director and her team, Alyssa Mullins, Assistant Director and Anntoni Leonard, Office Manager. The impact of their commitment to the discipline of nursing, and to addressing workforce needs in the State will be a rich legacy and a testament to their visionary efforts on behalf of the citizens of Florida.
For additional information please contact the University of Central Florida, College of Health Professions and Sciences and/or the Office of the Governor, State of Florida.
Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors