Nursing without walls
New wounds, new approach
Raising suicide awareness
Improving veteran care through research

Flag Spread leftVA Nursing Academic Partnership

The UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center earned the prestigious designation as 1 of 15 VA Nursing Academy sites in the U.S. in 2009. This unique undergraduate program partnered VA Medical Centers with accredited schools of nursing across the nation with the aim of providing compassionate, highly educated nurses to meet the health care needs of America’s heroes. To learn more click here.

For more information contact Randy Moore, DNP, RN 

With a five-year grant from the Veterans Health Administration to the Birmingham VA Medical Center, the School and Birmingham VAMC expanded into graduate education with the VA Nursing Academic Partnerships in Graduate Education (VANAP-GE), the only one of its kind in the country, with the goal of placing 48 new psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners into the VA workforce. To learn more click here.

For more information contact Susanne Fogger, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BCPMHNP-BC

The UAB School of Nursing also is one of only four sites in the country that has a graduate residency program for mental health nurse practitioners. Also a partnership with the Birmingham VA Medical Center, it too is designed to put more nurse practitioners into the VA pipeline to address the mental health needs of a growing Veteran population. To learn more click here.

For more information contact Teena McGuinness, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

 


Veterans CAN webVeterans CAN!

The UAB School of Nursing is offering a special program, Veterans Career Advancement in Nursing Program (Veterans CAN!), through the Health Research Services Administration (HRSA), to veterans who served as a LPN or medic/corpsman in the military to transition into a professional nursing career and earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing. To learn more click here

For more information contact Rhonda McLain, PhD, RN 

 


Flag Spread rightVAQS

The Birmingham VA Medical Center is 1 of 8 VA National Quality Scholars Program (VAQS) sites in the U.S. Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN and Carlos Estrada, MD, MS serve as senior scholars for the Birmingham site. VAQS promotes leadership in quality improvement research and emphasizes interprofessional learning. The program offers fellowships to pre and post doctoral nurses. To learn more click here.

For more information contact Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN

 


Hero WallCaring for America's Heroes

Caring for America's Heroes is a distance-accessible elective course designed to increase students understanding of long-term and high-acuity internal and external environmental variables which affect the health of and veterans within the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA). Knowledge gained in this course can be applied to the care of VHA patients across a variety of care settings.

For more information contact Randy Moore, DNP, RN 

 


Simulation labSimulation Scenarios

Clinical simulation scenarios have been developed to highlight the unique health care needs of Veterans. Scenarios developed and used by both the UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center include burn, gunshot wound, automobile accident, and OB simulations. The benefits of simulation training include practicing and making mistakes in a risk-free environment and identifying sources of error in care processes prior to practice.

For more information contact Nancy Swan, MSN, RN

 


VA video simulationVideo Simulations

The UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center developed a DVD which contains three clinically relevant mental health scenarios. The nurses care for veterans experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental issues on a typical VA medical-surgical floor. The DVD is accompanied by a guide book and information necessary for obtaining 1.0 CEU.

For more information contact Cindy Selleck, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN

 


Joining ForcesJoining Forces

The UAB School of Nursing joined the ranks of hundreds of nursing schools and organizations dedicated to educating nursing students on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other unique health care needs of veterans and their families. The Joining Forces initiative was launched in April 2012 in an effort to mobilize all sectors of society to support service members and their families. For more information click here

For more information contact Cindy Selleck, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN