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Seminole State College of Florida is among other schools pushing for $60 million-plus in state funding to expand nursing education.
The request by the Florida College System Council of Presidents comes as the Tallahassee-based Florida Hospital Association, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida and Florida Healthcare Association project there will be a shortage of 59,100 nurses by 2035 in the state.
The Florida College System -- which includes Seminole State College, Valencia College and Lake-Sumter State College -- would use the funds for patient simulation facilities, expanding clinical experience options, public/private partnerships, articulation between programs, as well as staff recruitment and retention.
Funding from the Florida Legislature would help Seminole State expand short-term certificate programs as well as invest in other existing programs.
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