A new collaboration, dubbed the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP), will open new channels for OHSU nursing students and create a pool of nurses well-versed in the health care needs of Veterans.
One of only six programs selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Oregon collaborative will receive $4 million in funding to promote safe and effective care of Veterans throughout the state. The program funds five faculty positions the first and fifth years of the program, and a total of 10 positions in years two, three, and four.
From OHSU, faculty can provide coaching and mentoring on teaching-learning to clinical experts in the VA system. Conversely, VA nurses will help faculty and students become better versed in the special needs of Veterans.
“The VA faculty who are experts on Veteran care will pair up with OHSU’s excellent teaching staff. The cool thing about this grant is it allows staff nurses who have worked in the VA system for years to gain faculty appointments with the OHSU School of Nursing while remaining VA employees.”
– Michele Cooper, R.N., M.S., nurse educator at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
In addition to common acute and chronic medical problems seen in the civilian population, Veterans have conditions associated with military service, such as traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma and complications from exposure to nuclear, biologic and chemical warfare.
VANAP will impact all undergraduate nursing students, not just those selected for the program. It will introduce Veteran-centric concepts within the curriculum so that all of our graduates are familiar with the specific needs of the growing vet population.
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