VA Nursing Academy
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has been designated a Veterans Affairs (VA) Nursing Academy by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations, joining 14 other schools of nursing in the country that have this prestigious designation.
The VA Nursing Academy designation means that the UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center will work together to train compassionate, highly educated nurses to look after the health care needs of the nation's veterans. It expands learning opportunities for nursing students at VA facilities and funds faculty development opportunities. The BVAMC and the UABSON have had a long standing academic partnership through faculty practice, nursing research, and clinical education. This project will link institutional missions and governance, create a pipeline for the development of VA Nurse Scholars and faculty, and develop shared clinical, educational, and leadership opportunities for students, staff and faculty in the BVAMC and UABSON.
Building on long-standing relationships, the BVAMC and UABSON will work jointly to:
- Increase the recruitment and retention of baccalaureate nursing students and graduates into the VA nursing workforce;
- Increase the number of undergraduate nursing students educated about the population specific needs of veterans through an innovative curriculum emphasizing high quality, culturally competent care for veterans and their families;
- Develop and expand faculty expertise among VA masters-prepared nurses and UABSON faculty with a focus on the delivery of health care for veterans;
- Expand partnership opportunities in education, clinical service, and evidenced- based practice to improve quality outcomes, specific to prevention and management of chronic conditions, cultural competence, nursing informatics and simulation technology.
Students (20 additional per year) within the VA Academy cohort will be identified as VA Nurse Scholars and will have unique educational and leadership opportunities associated with this initiative.