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About The VANAP-GE

 

The Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership in Graduate Education (VANAP-GE), a joint effort between the UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC), offers psychiatric nurse practitioner students focused didactic and clinical experience in the psychiatric care of Veterans.

Over the course of three semesters, psychiatric nurse practitioner students experience veteran-centric mental health care at the BVAMC, working in close collaboration with their preceptors who are experienced psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychiatrists. In addition, they become part of the team of nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, psychologists, and support staff in developing care for Veterans.

This nursing graduate education program is the first of its kind in the United States. The major goal of this partnership between the UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center is to create better access to mental health care for America’s Veterans.

The Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialty track threads content on mental health issues of the Veteran population throughout the curriculum, educating Nurse Practitioner students on the special needs of this group.

Students who apply to this program are eligible to apply for a stipend from the VA for their clinical hours at the BVAMC.

Applicants must be admitted to the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialty track in the UAB School of Nursing, live in the Birmingham area and have a background in psychiatric nursing.

To read the Fall 2014 UAB Nursing magazine story on the VANAP-GE click here.

For more information contact:
Susanne Fogger, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
sfogger@uab.edu
or
Amanda Davis, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Amanda.Davis28@va.gov


About The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency

 


Mission

The mission of the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) residency is to enhance the competencies of PMHNP residents and to prepare highly-qualified leaders in an Interprofessional environment with expertise in Veteran-centric care while emphasizing practice-based learning and improvement.

Becoming a PMHNP Resident

Upon completion of the MSN psychiatric nurse practitioner track, graduates who were a part of the VANAP-GE are invited to apply for the Birmingham VA Medical Center/UAB School of Nursing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residents are a select group of recently graduated psychiatric nurse practitioners planning to provide mental health care to America’s Heroes.

The residency begins in September every year and includes a salary and benefits. Over the course of a year, these psychiatric nurse practitioner residents experience every facet of veteran-centric mental health care at the BVAMC, working in close collaboration with experienced nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, psychologists and support staff. Residents receive training via clinical experiences and didactic classroom instruction in this interprofessional environment.

It is part of the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP), a joint effort between the UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. A major goal of this partnership between the UAB SON and the BVAMC is to create better access to mental health care for veterans. This program is the first of its kind in the United States, with three additional sites at other VA Medical Centers (Charleston, SC; Brockton, MA; and Durham, NC).

To read the Fall 2014 UAB Nursing magazine story on the Residency click here.

To read more about our current residents click here

For more information contact:
Teena McGuinness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
tmcg@uab.edu
or
Jessica Waldrop, MSN, PMHNP-BC
jessica.waldrop@va.gov