Veteran's Initiatives


VANAP - Undergraduate

VANAP - Undergraduate


The UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center earned the prestigious designation as 1 of 15 VA Nursing Academic Partnership sites in the U.S. in 2009. This unique undergraduate program partners 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


VANAP - Graduate Education

VANAP - Graduate Education


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) 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 Simone Durand, MSN, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC


VANAP - Post-Baccalaureate Residency

VANAP - Post-Baccalaureate Residency


One of only 17 in the country and designed to smooth and increase the transition of entry-level nurses in the VA system to competent professionals providing safe, quality health care — the UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center are now even better positioned to prepare the next generation of nurses to care for America’s Veterans. Over the course of the year-long, full-time residency, the “VHA trainees,” receive training in four phases: two months in a primary care setting; six months in a medical-surgical setting; 10 weeks in a specialty care setting; and six weeks in a leadership setting. To learn more, click here.
For more information contact Randy Moore, DNP, RN


VANAP - Mental Health NP Residency

VANAP - Mental Health NP Residency


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!

Veterans 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


VA National Quality Scholars Program

VA National Quality Scholars Program


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


Caring for America's Heroes

Caring 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


VA Medical Center Video

The Mental Health Patient on a Medical-Surgical Floor


The UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center developed a video 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. Click here to watch the video.
The video is accompanied by a guide book and information necessary for obtaining 1.0 CEU. To download the PDF, click here.
For more information contact Maria Shirey, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN


Joining Forces

Joining 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 Maria Shirey, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN