Dr. Michele Heston

Michele Heston, Ph.D., RN, CNE, dean of health sciences at South Florida State College (SFSC), has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Center for Nursing board of directors. Dr. Heston was recommended to serve by the State Board of Education. Her term will begin on May 11, 2018 and conclude on June 30, 2020.

In 2001, the Florida legislature established the Florida Center for Nursing to recommend solutions to combat Florida’s nursing shortage. The board of the Florida Center for Nursing is comprised of community leaders who have the experience and expertise to improve health care throughout Florida.

“The Florida Center for Nursing is the definitive source for information, research, and strategies addressing the dynamic nurse workforce needs in Florida,” Dr. Heston said. “The Center’s mission, ‘to strategically address the issues of nursing supply and demand to meet the needs of health care consumers in Florida,’ aligns with the work of the health sciences division at South Florida State College. I look forward to working with Mary Lou Brunell, the executive director, and my fellow board members to assist in the ongoing development of a caring workforce. It is truly an honor to be appointed by Governor Scott to participate in this important work at the statewide level.”

SFSC currently offers an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); an Associate of Science in Nursing to become a Registered Nurse (RN); an Associate of Science in Nursing to transition from Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to RN, and an occupational certificate in practical nursing.

For more information about SFSC’s nursing program, contact Sara McGann, health science specialist at SFSC, at 863-784-7027 or sara.mcgann@southflorida.edu.