Staff Nurse Advisory Committee

The GHA Staff Nurse Advisory Committee (SNAC) provides staff nurses with an opportunity to come together, hear expert speakers, and explore solutions and best practices to address similar challenges. The SNAC meetings are a forum for staff nurses to network and develop leadership skills so they can have a positive influence on quality and patient safety goals, nursing retention and recruitment, and productivity.

Workforce Line

The Workforce Line (WFL) is published weekly and includes a synopsis of journal articles that relate to trends in the changing health care landscape, nursing, leadership, patient safety and quality and variety of other topics. Please contact Debbie Schmitz if you would like to receive the WFL.


The Marjorie G. Hogan Memorial Scholarship Program is used to support the educational development of a qualified health care workforce across Georgia. The scholarships provide financial assistance to individuals pursing a health care career.

SGMC Seeks to Keep Nursing Talent in the South

According to the American Journal of Medical Quality, a shortage of nurses is projected to spread across the country between 2009 and 2030, with the most intense shortfall in the South and West. South Georgia Medical Center took the opportunity to partner with neighboring colleges and universities last week in an effort to keep area nurses local. 

SGMC’s Nursing Leadership and Human Resources department hosted a reception for Senior nursing students from nursing programs in our area. Students from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, North Florida Community College, Valdosta State University, and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, were given the chance to mingle with Nursing Managers from various departments and complete interviews. Some students even accepted job offers on the spot.

 “We are very fortunate to have these local nursing schools to recruit from, along with the opportunity to have these new nurses start their career here at SGMC,” said Denida Cox, Chief Nursing Officer for SGMC. 'The reception was a great success and we are looking forward to hosting it again!” she exclaimed.

Workforce Efforts to Improve the Health Care Workforce Pipeline

Through our WorkSource Metro Atlanta industry partnership, we have launched the BSN Scholars Program beginning at Grady. The BSN Scholars Program provides additional funding and support beyond hospital tuition reimbursement for individuals pursuing their BSN. We were extremely pleased with the tremendous turnout by the Grady staff at the information sessions. This is one of the long-term strategies we have been working on that will contribute to a sustainable health care workforce pipeline. We are also working with the other hospitals and health systems in the metro area to implement the BSN Scholars Program strategy.