Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership Scholars

Emory is one of 18 nursing schools nationwide selected for the elite Veteran’s Administration Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VANAP program is designed to enhance the traditional BSN curriculum offering a small cohort of students, VANAP Scholars, the opportunity to receive training specifically focused on Veteran-centered care. VANAP Scholars participate in adult clinical rotations at the Atlanta VA Healthcare System(AVAHCS), a magnet designated hospital, to gain further clinical competencies caring for American Veterans. Additionally, VANAP Scholars will participate in the following:

  • Boot camp (orientation program) to jump-start the VANAP experience
  • On the Frontlines: Caring for our Veterans required course (elective credit provided)
  • Activities that develop scholarship and leadership skills
  • On-site clinical simulation experience with state-of-the art simulators
  • Academic excellence program built into clinical rotations where students learn from VA experts during rounds and inter professional education

         Service learning activities focused on health maintenance, homeless Veterans care, and women's health

Admission Requirements
  • You must be admitted to the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing enrolling as a BSN student
  • You must be a naturalized or natural born citizen of the United States
  • Having military experience is not a pre-requisite for admission to the VANAP program ,but preference is given to students who are Veterans
  • Complete online application form.
FAQ

Will all of my clinical rotations occur at the Atlanta VAHCS?

No, although the Atlanta VAHCS offers premier programs and is a competitive site for nursing student clinical placement, your clinical rotations in maternity and pediatrics will be offered at other Emory-affiliated institutions.

What does the VANAP Scholar Program clinical rotation look like?

Notable differences to the VANAP clinical experience, is the maintenance of smaller student/faculty ratios in clinical as compared to the traditional BSN clinical experience.  Additionally, VANAP Scholars benefit from on-site clinical simulation experiences that reinforce clinical content from didactic courses and built-in academic excellence program for students to learn from VA experts in the field.  

Will participation in this program require work in addition to my BSN studies?

The curriculum is the same for all BSN students. The only VANAP requirement is for one of the elective courses to be designated as the On the Frontlines: Caring for our Veterans. A myriad of Veteran-centered topics will be covered in this course through lecture, seminar, discussion and best of all, directly from the Veteran patient experiences. Typically, VANAP Scholars will have the opportunity to disseminate a best practice product that is derived from their work in the "On the Frontline" course through poster presentations at local nursing and student nursing conferences.

What happens if I decide that I am no longer interested in the program after it begins?

While we strongly encourage each VANAP Scholar to complete the program, students may petition to withdraw if necessary.

Does this program guarantee a job working as a nurse with the VA when I complete my BSN?

As a VANAP Scholar you are given preference to compete for positions at any of the VA Healthcare System facilities nationwide. VANAP Scholar graduates are highly valued and well positioned for employment, however, similar to many programs, employment is not guaranteed.

Does this mean that I have to work at the VA when I complete the BSN program?

While one of the goals of VANAP is to enhance recruitment and retention of VA Nurses, you are not obligated to work at the VA post-graduation unless you are the recipient of the VA Health Professional Scholarship Program award.

Are there scholarship funds available in this program?

Yes. VANAP Scholars can apply for available funding and loan repayment programs associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs. See https://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/education-support.asp

Questions

For questions or additional information about the VA Nursing Academic Partnership Scholars program, please contact:

Gladys N Justino Leon
Phone: 404.727.6544
Email: gladys.n.jusino.leon@emory.edu

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