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National University receives grant to enhance veteran preparation for nursing careers

National University, San Diego, launched an Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN Project to provide veterans interested in nursing careers with academic and professional support through a three-year $1.05 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The grant is being awarded to the private, nonprofit university’s School of Health and Human Services.

The funding for the V2BSN Project provides a full suite of pre-entry outreach services, retention activities and academic and career support services, according to a news release. Licensure preparation will be included in order to facilitate the professional success of veteran graduates who enter and complete the already-established program.

The field of nursing is expected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics.

“We are extremely honored to have been awarded this prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services since it recognizes the value and expertise that veterans bring to careers such as nursing and other health specialties,” Gloria J. McNeal, MSN, PhD, RN, dean of National University’s School of Health and Human Services and a former Navy Nurse Corps Officer, said in the release. “National University has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the success of military and veteran students, and this project allows us to build on that tradition by offering meaningful and relevant career options and academic support.”

The program will be designed to provide an accelerated experience, based on evaluation of candidates for advanced placement. The project builds on the school’s current partnerships with a variety of agencies to establish clinical rotation sites. The project is being offered in collaboration with the National University Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, which was created to provide guidance and assistance for the needs of veteran students through a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s fund for the improvement of postsecondary education.

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