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September 19, 2013
Contact: HHS Press Office

HHS awards $2.8 million to transition veterans’ skills into nursing careers

Grants will help more than 1,000 veterans become nurses

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $2.8 million to help veterans advance in nursing careers by building on their combat medical skills and experience and awarding academic credit for prior military training and experience.  Over four years, these grants will enable more than 1,000 veterans to obtain baccalaureate nursing degrees.

Nine institutions were awarded funding under the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention: Veterans’ Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program (VBSN) by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Award recipients recruit veterans and prepare VBSN undergraduates for practice and employment in local communities, and also develop career ladders that include academic and social supports, career counseling, mentors and linkages with veteran service organizations and community health systems.

“The Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program recognizes the valuable skills and experience of our veterans, while addressing the nation’s nursing workforce needs,” said Secretary Sebelius.  “The education and training they receive helps qualify them for civilian nursing positions, while expanding Americans’ access to high-quality care.”

“Veterans know the value of working in teams and have a strong commitment to service,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.  “And these are just the skills and talents our health care delivery system needs right now.”

A list of awards follows.

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention:
Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program FY 2013 Awards

Organization City State Award
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham Ala. $315,969
Jacksonville University Jacksonville Fla. $205,266
Florida International University Miami Fla. $335,420
University of South Florida Tampa Fla. $349,773
Davenport University Grand Rapids Mich. $327,284
State University of New York Stony Brook N.Y. $296,763
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington Texas $291,408
Hampton University Hampton Va. $349,689
Shenandoah University Winchester Va. $312,025

TOTAL: $2,783,597

For additional information, visit http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/index.html.

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Last revised: September 19, 2013

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