In July 2015, Roseman University of Health Sciences’ College of Nursing was awarded a three-year, operational grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to support military veterans’ transition into high-demand, professional nursing careers. The HRSA projects awarded to Roseman University and 30 other institutions across the country will enable more than 1,000 veterans nationally to obtain baccalaureate nursing degrees. This type of grant funding does not provide tuition and fees assistance directly to students, however, it provides Roseman’s VBSN with the resources it needs to meet its grant-identified goals to include:
- Increasing the number of veterans admitted to the BSN and ABSN programs
- Developing a replicable model to assess veteran competency to award nursing academic credit
- Enhancing faculty’s ability to provide an education environment and culture of respect towards veterans
- Identifying and providing the necessary resources to support the goal of 85 percent of VBSN graduates will secure employment one to six months after passing NCLEX and 25 percent of VBSN graduates will be employed in facilities that provide care for underserved populations
Roseman University’s Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) option is available at the Roseman Henderson campus in the 16-month Accelerated BSN and 18-month BSN programs. The VBSN pathway provides an opportunity for veterans to earn credit in prerequisite areas of Humanities and Electives as well as an opportunity to test out of pre-determined nursing coursework (blocks).
Due to this educational model, the VBSN testing out process requires that students meet the mastery level of 90 percent or higher in all assessments. In the blocks involving skills and specified competencies, a challenge system allows veterans to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to receive credit. This consists of cognitive assessments and a competency skill set demonstration in a simulation laboratory. In order to prepare, veterans have access to faculty, study guides/materials and text books prior to the challenge. Then, using the competency-based skills checklist and the videotaping system, veterans have the opportunity to evaluate their performance, prior to the assessment, and engage in remediation if needed. This provides qualified veterans with an opportunity to obtain credit for their prior experiences and education.
For more information on the VBSN program visit roseman.edu/vbsn or call 702-968-1651.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant UF1HP28516, “Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veteran’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program,” for $1,050,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.