FSU College of Nursing has awarded more than $1 million to address a growing nursing shortage in Florida through a new practice partnership

The LINE Fund supports the recruitment of clinical faculty and instructors, enhancing the capacity of high-quality nursing education programs and increasing the number of nursing education graduates ready to enter the workforce.  (FSU Photographic Services)
The LINE Fund supports the recruitment of clinical faculty and instructors, enhancing the capacity of high-quality nursing education programs and increasing the number of nursing education graduates ready to enter the workforce. (FSU Photographic Services)

Florida State University College of Nursing has been awarded more than $1 million from a Florida Department of Education program aimed at combating the state’s growing nursing shortage through innovative academic-industry collaboration.

The funding came through two appropriations from the Department of Education that connect the industry to the Fund for Nursing Education, or LINE, the second of which was approved this month by the State University System Board of Governors. The School of Nursing will use the funds to collaborate with two of its Florida academic practice partners, Tallahassee Memorial Health Care and HCA Florida Capital, to recruit dedicated clinical faculty, increase scholarships and equip simulation centers to accommodate more students.

“We are grateful for the approval of this important funding,” said Jing Wang, dean of the School of Nursing. “The LINE Fund really stimulates alignment between the nursing program and partner healthcare systems, and the School of Nursing will benefit from the funding to develop an innovative academic practice model that best serves our students and partners.”

The Florida Legislature created the LINE Fund during the 2022 session to combat nursing shortages statewide through collaboration between nursing education programs and healthcare partners.

Governor Ron DeSantis approved more than $125 million for nursing education for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, including $25 million for the Lane Fund.

The program provides funding for the recruitment of clinical faculty and instructors, to enhance the capacity of high-quality nursing education programs and to increase the number of nursing education graduates ready to enter the labor market.

The LINE Fund provides matching funds for every dollar a healthcare partner contributes to an organization. Matching funds are taking investments from healthcare partners “on a larger scale, to help us really grow our clinical faculty so that we can better provide a high-quality clinical learning experience for our students,” Wang said.

Through their partnership, the College of Nursing and its partners in the healthcare system will develop a qualification and retention plan with a smooth transition for graduates to develop familiarity with the healthcare system. They also collaborate in a new paradigm of academic practice in which nurses and clinical faculty train and assess students together to ensure they are prepared for careers in health care.

Funding and collaboration builds on the College of Nursing’s recent momentum for expanded admissions, the addition of world-renowned researchers to faculty and the creation of the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation. These initiatives are part of FSU’s focus on building its health research portfolio while pursuing partnerships with key healthcare entities throughout North Florida and South Georgia, including Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, HCA Florida, and Archbold Medical Center headquartered in Thomasville, Ga. , and Mayo Clinic.

“The School of Nursing is experiencing exciting transformational growth on both the academic side and the research side,” said Wang. “We consider ourselves fortunate—and certainly equipped—to be at the forefront of driving game-changing research, education, and healthcare collaboration.”

For more information about the School of Nursing, visit Nursing.fsu.edu.

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