Samford receives grant to help veterans earn degrees

Asia Burns, copy editor

Samford’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing will launch a program designed to aid veterans with health care training pursue a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing.

The program will be funded by a $1 million grant that Samford received in July from Health and Human Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health Services (HHS).
Stephanie Wynn, a grant administrator and associate professor in the Moffett School of Nursing said she hopes the program might help to “bridge the gap between military culture and professional nursing culture.”

According to Wynn, many veterans have health care training and experiences from their military background, but upon leaving the military are not able to use that training without a degree.
“We have found that there is a high unemployment rate for veterans, and many of them have great healthcare skills or training experience,” Wynn said.

With the program in place, veterans with prior health care training will be able to receive credit for their service training and work toward becoming registered nurses.

“The veterans will be able to get credit if they have completed some military training,” Wynn said.

Veterans who apply to the program will be able to pursue different curricular options based on their experience level. Applicants have the option of choosing between a traditional B.S.N track or an accelerated track. The degree program is designed to accommodate for prior health care training and will help to fast track veterans to a B.S.N.

Moffett School of Nursing hopes to graduate 30 veterans from the program over the course of the grant, which will last three years. The School of Nursing will begin accepting application in January, and classes will commence for the first group of veteran students in the summer of 2016.

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