Calling All Nurses: Military Connection

Military Connection: nurse showing care to patient

By Debbie Gregory.

Now in its 2nd year, the VA Nursing Academic Partnerships (VANAP) is a collaboration between VA facilities and nursing schools.

Currently up and running in 25 locations nationwide, the program offers students a comprehensive clinical experience that focuses on Veteran care. The win-win partnership gives the student nurses intensive clinical training, while at the same time providing top-notch nurses to serve veterans.

RNs working alongside students relish in their temporary teaching roles, turning out nurses shaped specifically to address the unique needs of veterans. By the end of the 4-year program, graduates are fully accustomed to the culture and mission at VA.

Students nurses receive specialized training in mental health, traumatic brain injury care, home-based health care, palliative care, women’s health and homeless care.

Students selected to participate in VANAP will experience the honor and prestige of the VANAP affiliation and participation in a select student cohort. They will receive unique clinical experiences with significant time in residence in VA settings throughout the program.

The deep immersion in veteran‐centric topics will provide a unique focus on the specialized health care needs of veterans

VANAP scholars are eligible to compete for the VALOR program and the VA Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency program.  Additionally, graduates from the VANAP program are highly valued for employment within the VA Health System.

Veteran-centric concepts are introduced throughout the curriculum. Conditions and issues unique to veterans are presented. All VANAP Nurse Scholars will have expanded opportunities that will enhance their clinical education.

The Veterans Health Administration is the largest employer of nurses. The VHA works diligently to ensure their nursing students have all the training and educational support necessary to maximize their potential for providing top quality care to veterans.

Student nurses are not required to have a military background to participate in the VANAP program.

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Calling All Nurses: Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory