Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Phoenix; the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, Albuquerque; and the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, were among six nursing schools selected this spring to take part in the VA Nursing Academic Partnership Program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations.
Thanks to centralized funding from VANAP, the selected schools expect to hire new faculty, which enables each school to enroll additional
Arizona State University
The five-year program provides $4 million to fund three additional faculty positions at ASUs CON and seven additional faculty positions at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, according to a news release. It is expected to increase ASUs undergraduate nurses by 80 students.
The grant also provides ASU nursing students with clinical experience working directly with U.S. veterans in the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
In the news release, Brenda Morris, RN, EdD, associate dean of ASUs College of Nursing & Health Innovation, characterized the partnership as win-win, with students gaining clinical experience and patients receiving quality care.
University of New Mexico
Funding of more than $5 million is paving the way for the New Mexico VA Health Care System to work with the University of New Mexicos College of Nursing, according to a news release.
The NMVAHCS and the UNM CON are developing the program to increase undergraduate nursing enrollment, faculty, and clinical placement; and prepare nursing students to meet the needs of New Mexico veterans. They also are recruiting and hiring faculty, and will admit an additional eight students this fall and 16 students next spring. Over the five-year grant period, the school will be able to fund 96 more new nurses, according to a UNM CON news release.
Veterans comprise nearly 20% of New Mexicos population, said Nancy Morton, RN, MS, UNM College of Nursing undergraduate program director and the VANAP co-director.
Oregon Health and Science University
Funding of approximately $4 million over five years enables the school to hire up to 10 faculty, with five in year one and five more in year two, according to information provided by Laura Mood, RN, MSN, VANAP program director for OHSU. The third and fourth years of funding will allow the school to hold on to those 10 additional faculty, while fifth-year funds will cover only five of the 10 positions, Mood said.
As a result of the funding, OHSU will be able to support 20 additional nursing students in years one and five and an additional 40 students in years two, three and four.
Through strengthened academic and clinical relationships and opportunities, the Oregon [VANAP] seeks to address a growing population of veterans with unique and complex care needs who are served within multiple, diverse care settings, said Mood. Specifically, VANAP intends to promote the safe and effective care of veterans within and across community healthcare settings by expanding the workforce of BSN-prepared nurses able to provide quality veteran-centric care that improves patient outcomes and reduces cost of care.
Participating Oregon VA sites are the Portland VA Medical Center, VA Roseburg Healthcare System and VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit VA.gov/OAA/VANA/.aa/VANA/.