BOCA RATON, FL – August 6, 2018 – Melissa Durbin, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Vice
President and Chief Nursing Officer at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has
been appointed as President of the Nursing Consortium of South Florida.
As President of the Consortium, Durbin will lead the organization in uniting
community leaders to address the region’s shortage of qualified
nursing staff. Her primary responsibilities include increasing interest
in nursing among middle and high school students, improving the public
perception of nursing and advocating for greater funding for nursing education.
“It’s an honor and my pleasure to be at the helm of an organization
that shares my passion for the nursing profession,” said Melissa
Durbin. “Florida faces a serious nursing shortage issue and the
Consortium will develop and implement long-term strategies to ensure our
community has access to qualified nurses.”
At Boca Regional, Ms. Durbin is responsible for all nursing and other patient
care functions and services. She manages the assessment, planning, coordination,
implementation and evaluation of nursing practices on a facility level,
and is accountable for ensuring high quality, safe and appropriate nursing
care, competency of clinical staff and effective resource management.
The Consortium's mission is to strengthen relationships between nurses
in practice and academic settings, to identify and address opportunities
for strengthening the nursing community, and to ensure adequate access
to high quality ever improving nursing services.
According to the Florida Center of Nursing, demand for nursing personnel
is projected to increase dramatically as Florida's large Baby Boom
cohort reaches typical ages for retirement and begins to require more
care for age-related conditions. At the same time, more than 40% of Florida's
nurses are approaching retirement age within the next 10 years and there
are not enough younger nurses to replace them.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center (BRRH.com) with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff.
The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease
and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health,
emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art
diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive
Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
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