Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership in Graduate Education (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:
Simone Durand, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC
Email: sdurand@uab.edu
or
Amanda Davis, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Email: Amanda.Davis28@va.gov