The White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday announced a new program to help military veterans with healthcare experience or training, such as medics, pursue nursing careers.
The program is designed to help veterans get bachelor's degrees in nursing by building on their unique skills and abilities.
Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at HHS, the Veterans' Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program will fund up to nine cooperative agreements, of up to $350,000 a year. Funding of $3 million is expected to be awarded by the end of fiscal year 2013 (Sept. 30).
"The Veterans' Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program recognizes the skills, experience and sacrifices of our veterans, while helping to grow our nursing workforce," Sebelius said. "It helps veterans formalize their skills to get jobs, while strengthening Americans' access to care."
Program funding will go to accredited schools of nursing to increase veterans' enrollment in and completion of baccalaureate nursing programs, and to explore ways to award academic credit for prior military healthcare experience or training. The institutions will also train faculty to provide mentorships and other supportive services.
"Through this innovative program, veterans with valuable medical expertise can now help fill the ranks of nurses across the nation," said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN.
This new program is an important step forward in addressing needs identified in the February 2013 White House report, "The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Spouses."
For information on applying for this funding opportunity, visit www.grants.gov.