Campaign for Nursing Excellence

Doug and Sally Bailey believe strongly that supporting the growth of our nurses is truly an investment.

Benefactors Doug and Sally Bailey believe strongly that supporting the growth of our nurses is truly an investment in the future of our community’s health. Thanks to their forward-thinking lead gift of $1 million to the Campaign for Nursing Excellence, we are able to provide our nurses with the training, tools, and technology to enhance their education and the ability to provide high-quality compassionate care for our patients. In honor of the Bailey’s transformational gift, the nursing education building on the Mease Dunedin Hospital campus will be named the Sally L. Bailey Nursing Education Center.

In order to maintain the extraordinary level of care our patients have come to expect support is needed to attract, educate, reward, recognize and retain our valued nurses. In fact, one of the primary goals of the campaign is to raise the support to fund a state-of-the-art simulation lab that will provide real-world scenarios to sharpen our nurses’ critical thinking skills and increase their confidence in various aspects of patient care.

Since our launch of the $2 million Campaign for Nursing Excellence in November 2017, members of our community and the Morton Plant Mease Health Care team have joined the Baileys in making gifts to fulfill these needs. Will you please join us in making a difference and exceeding this goal by making a gift today?

“Scholarships helped to make college and our careers possible, and we’re so grateful for the opportunities we were afforded. This is our way of paying it forward so others can benefit as we have.”

Doug Bailey
Panoramic view of Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida
Campaign for Nursing Excellence

At the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease, the patient comes first in all we do. Every member of the health care team believes that caring for the individual patient and his or her family is at the heart of our mission and values. This is why it’s so important to invest in our nurses who are on the front lines of patient care and critical to patient outcomes.

Philanthropy helps our hospitals attract, reward, recognize and retain talented nurses, provide them the tools to enhance their learning, offer professional development programs, certification courses, research projects, and helps to distinguish our nurses as leaders.

Panoramic view of Mease Dunedin Hospital in Dunedin, Florida
Philanthropy needed for SIMULATION

Simulation technology has dramatically influenced the way nurses learn and care for patients.

  • Create a simulation lab or program to enhance nursing knowledge, skills and abilities to provide safe, quality care.
  • Recruit a Simulation Education Coordinator dedicated to building curriculum on facilitating intraprofessional simulation experiences on the patient care units.
  • Upgrade existing simulation equipment to state-of-the-art technology to sharpen our nurses’ critical thinking skills.
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Philanthropy needed to support GRADUATE RESIDENCY

Many nursing students struggle to transition from the classroom to the acute care setting.

  • Full-time registered nurse position with a one-year orientation program will assist nurses in transitioning from a new graduate to a fully competent, professional nurse at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.
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Philanthropy needed for NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS

Our students have full-time study with extensive clinical courses. Help us to bring bright candidates into the nursing profession that have a passion for nursing, but may not have the resources to achieve their educational aspirations.

  • Nursing scholarships and awards go a long way towards enhancing the recognition, education, retention and recruitment initiatives for our 2,000 nurses.
  • Philanthropy is needed to grow programs such as the Dr. George Morris Earn As You Learn, Lois Odence Planters Endowment, DAISY Awards, Joan Clow Seminar Fund, Katherine T. Smith Scholarship, Nursing Assistant Program, Dale and Carole Christensen Nursing Scholarship, and the WOW! Nursing and Team Member Excellence Awards.
Panoramic view of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in West Pasco County, Florida
Philanthropy needed to support NURSING INNOVATION

Our nurses need the flexibility to pursue opportunities to engage in learning outside of their regular clinical responsibilities in order to develop innovative best practices.

  • Create an environment that motivates advanced practice nurses to remain at the bedside.
  • Provide an opportunity for nurses to be temporarily relieved from patient care to pursue innovative ideas.
  • Provide time away from the unit to pursue best practice ideas and incorporate them into clinical practice.
Panoramic view of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in West Pasco County, Florida
Philanthropy needed to grow NURSE EDUCATORS

In response to a critical shortage of faculty across nursing schools, which is leading to many qualified nursing applicants being turned away, philanthropy is needed to support faculty recruitment and retention.

  • Recruit critical care nursing instructors who are dedicated to onboarding new nurses.
  • Double the number of faculty with doctoral preparation in nursing education.

TRANSFORMING HEALTH CARE THROUGH PHILANTHROPY

For over 40 years, Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation has provided philanthropic support to the not-for-profit hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care, including Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. The close connection between the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease and their neighbors reveal a unique spirit of giving – a relationship characterized by people caring for the hospitals that care for them.

Donor information is kept strictly confidential. We will not share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations without written consent from the donor.

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