Daytona State Gets Funding for Nursing Program

To support Daytona State College nursing students, the school has received $3.8 million in new funding from state and community partners, according to a media release from the college. The funds are designated for the College’s Bob & Carol Allen School of Nursing to assist students as they prepare to meet the critical need for frontline healthcare professionals across Volusia and Flagler counties.

In January, Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded $1.9 million to Daytona State to support scholarships, faculty recruitment, equipment acquisition and additional educational support for the college’s nursing program. Halifax Health provided $1 million and AdventHealth provided $900,000 in matching grants, bringing the total to $3.8 million.

“On behalf of Daytona State College and the Bob and Carol Allen School of Nursing, I would like to thank Gov. DeSantis, the Florida Legislature, Halifax Health and AdventHealth for their continued support of the College and our students,” said Daytona State College President Tom LoBasso, in the release.

The state funding is allocated through the Linking Industry to Nursing Education (LINE) program, which is designed to mitigate Florida’s nursing shortage. The $900,000 gift from AdventHealth will create the AdventHealth Endowed Fund for Nursing Student Success, and the $1 million gift from Halifax Health will create the Halifax Health Endowed Fund for Nursing Student Success.

The investment income from these permanent endowments will be used to support full-time Nursing Student Success Specialists who will provide classroom instruction and tutoring to ensure that Allen School students are well-supported as they prepare for careers in nursing, the release states

“We have had a long-standing relationship with the Daytona State College of Nursing, and we are thankful we have local nursing education programs and young men and women who feel the calling to be nurses,” said Jeff Feasel, Halifax Health president and CEO, in the release. “As a public hospital, investing back into the community to provide educational opportunities, careers and world class healthcare is part of our mission.”

Michele Goeb-Burkett, Chief Nursing Officer for AdventHealth’s hospitals in Volusia, Flagler and north Lake counties said the healthcare provider has invested heavily in the recruitment and training of nurses over the past three years.

“Knowing the breadth of Daytona State graduates who make up our nursing workforce, it’s more important than ever that the region’s health systems do their part in supporting aspiring nurses,” she said in the release.