July 31, 2008, 08:00:00 AM
“The expanded role of VA in the education of nurses will ensure the Department has the nurses needed to continue our world-class health care for veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “The VA Nursing Academy expands our teaching faculty, improves recruitment and retention, and creates new educational and research opportunities.”
The VA Nursing Academy is a virtual organization with central administration in
Seven nursing schools will form new partnerships with nine VA medical centers and join the VA Nursing Academy this year. They are:
Partnerships already in the VA Nursing Academy include the VA medical center in
VA expects to add several more nursing-school partnerships.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has reported that in 2006 more than 38,000 qualified applicants were turned away from entry-level baccalaureate degree programs in nursing schools because of insufficient numbers of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space and clinical mentors. VA currently provides clinical education for approximately 100,000 health professional trainees annually, including students from more than 600 schools of nursing.
VA’s “Enhancing Academic Partnerships” pilot program enables competitively selected VA-nursing school partnerships to expand the number of nursing faculty, enhance the professional and scholarly development of nurses, increase student enrollment by about 1,000 students and promote innovations in nursing education.
Further information about the pilot program can be obtained from VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations web site at www.va.gov/oaa.
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