FSC partners with
Medical Center on nursing program
LAKELAND, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2003) - Florida
Southern College has received a $98,000 donation from Lakeland Regional
Medical Center (LRMC) for the college's nursing program. The hospital
has committed to support the program for two years to encourage
graduate nursing education at FSC. The partnership includes start-up
costs for faculty and operations.
"We are pleased to have the support of Lakeland Regional Medical
Center and the Lakeland community in our efforts to bring additional
graduate opportunities to Polk County," said Dr. Susan P. Conner,
dean of the college. "The college's nursing program has been an
important part of Florida Southern's mission for nearly three decades.
This takes us to a new level."
FSC plans to begin a master's program in adult health nursing with
an advanced degree of clinical nurse specialist (CNS). The program
will be the only advanced-degree program in nursing offered in Polk
County and one of only a few clinical specialist programs in the
state. The CNS is traditionally an expert in nursing, according
to Dr. Sheila Marks, the department chair. In addition to providing
direct patient care, clinical nurse specialists influence care outcomes
by providing expert consultation for nursing staffs and by implementing
improvements in health care delivery systems.
"We are proud to be partnering with Florida Southern College on
this initiative that will advance the education of nurses and can
only improve the quality of health care in our community," said
Dr. Phyllis Watson, vice president and chief nurse executive at
LRMC. She said that supporting the education of clinical nurse specialists
benefits LRMC because "clinical nurse practice specialists will
help develop the expertise of our experienced nurses and bring advanced
interventions to our patients. They are role models to others and
enhance our quality of care."
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.