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HHS Awards $2.8 Million to Transition Veterans' Skills into Nursing Careers

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $2.8 million to help veterans advance in nursing careers by building on their combat medical skills and experience and awarding academic credit for prior military training and experience. Over four years, these grants will enable more than 1,000 veterans to obtain baccalaureate nursing degrees.

Nine institutions were awarded funding under the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention: Veterans' Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program (VBSN) by HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Award recipients recruit veterans and prepare VBSN undergraduates for practice and employment in local communities, and also develop career ladders that include academic and social supports, career counseling, mentors and linkages with veteran service organizations and community health systems.

"The Veterans' Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program recognizes the valuable skills and experience of our veterans, while addressing the nation's nursing workforce needs," said Secretary Sebelius. "The education and training they receive helps qualify them for civilian nursing positions, while expanding Americans' access to high-quality care."

"Veterans know the value of working in teams and have a strong commitment to service," said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. "And these are just the skills and talents our health care delivery system needs right now."

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