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Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program

Program Name:Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Activity Code:UF1 Application Available:4/29/2013
Application Deadline:6/7/2013 Created By:Koplitz, Michelle Created On:9/11/2012
Last Updated by:Wildberger, William Last Updated On:5/7/2013 Estimated Project Start Date:9/1/2013
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 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

Modification published on 05/07/2013
5/7 - References to the Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program-Coordinating Center (HRSA-13-275) have been revised on pages ii and 4, and removed from pages 2, 5, 14, 25 & 28

Modification published on 05/07/2013
5/7 - References to the Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program-Coordinating Center (HRSA-13-275) have been revised on pages ii and 4, and removed from pages 2, 5, 14, 25 & 28

Modification published on 05/07/2013
5/7 - References to the Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program-Coordinating Center (HRSA-13-275) have been revised on pages ii and 4, and removed from pages 2, 5, 14, 25 & 28

 
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 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-13-256
Announcement Code VBSN
CFDA Number 93.359
Provisional No
Activity Code UF1
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2013
 
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 Purpose

This announcement solicits applications for the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (VBSN).  The VBSN supports HRSA’s strategic plan to improve access to quality health care and services; strengthen, the nation’s healthcare workforce; build healthy communities; and improve health equity.   Sub-goals include increasing and diversifying the health workforce and ensuring that healthcare providers are trained to provide high quality care that is culturally and linguistically aligned.  The awarded VBSN applications will complement the collaborative efforts of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to:                        ·          Reduce barriers that prevent veterans from transitioning into nursing careers;                        ·          Develop BSN career ladder programs targeted to the unique needs of veterans;                        ·          Explore innovative educational models to award academic credit for prior health care experience/training or other relevant military training;                        ·          Address the growing national demand for BSN prepared Registered Nurses; and                        ·          Improve employment opportunities for veterans through high demand careers training as outlined in the Veterans Opportunity to Work under the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, www.benefits.va.gov/VOW. For FY13, the Division of Nursing (DN) seeks four-year cooperative agreement applications that propose to develop and implement career ladder programs to increase the enrollment of veterans in BSN programs.  The intermediate program goals are to facilitate the transition of veterans into the field of professional nursing, while building upon skills, knowledge, and training acquired during their military service in order to broaden employment opportunities. The VBSN project will provide program participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in passing the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and will provide a means of giving academic credit for prior military medical training and experience.  The methods for awarding credit may include challenge or competency exams and other innovative methods as applicable. Under the VBSN program, applicants are expected to prepare veterans to enter the professional nursing field through innovative and evidenced-based pathways that will increase veterans’ enrollment, advancement, graduation, employment and retention within the field of nursing.  More specifically, the VBSN project should: (1)   Incorporate career ladder development for veterans into an existing BSN program; (2)   Provide faculty development to enhance teaching strategies that address the unique needs of veterans (e.g., understanding scope of practice limitations in a civilian environment for veterans with healthcare provider training, building upon leadership training, and meeting the needs of veterans with physical or emotional issues that may impact learning); (3)   Develop programs and/or methods to assess veteran competencies that are eligible for awarding of nursing academic credit; and (4)   Include mentorship and supportive services (including outreach to veteran’s organizations) that address the unique challenges that veterans face when transitioning to civilian life, including post-traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral/mental health issues and other general work-family-life-balance issues that may negatively impact program completion and gaining employment in nursing after graduation. The VBSN curriculum to be incorporated into the BSN program must: (1)   Use program funds to adapt the existing program to accommodate the needs of veterans, including the development and integration of veteran academic credit. (2) There is no funding history for the VBSN cooperative agreements.
 
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 Legislative Information

Title VIII, sections 831 and 831a of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296p and 42 U.S.C.296p-1), as amended and added by section 5309 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148
 
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 Application Information

Application Available 04/29/2013
Application Deadline 06/07/2013
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 07/30/2013
Letter of Intent Not required
Application Package SF424 R&R
FOA Available Yes
Competitive Application Types Supported New
Allow Electronic Submission N/A
Page Limit for Application
Attachments
80
Allow Multiple Applications
from an Organization from Grants.gov
No
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov
 
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 General Information

Projected Award Date 06/02/2013
Estimated Project Period 3 years.
Estimated Project Start Date 09/01/2013
Estimated Project End Date 08/31/2017
Estimated Amount of this Competition $3,000,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 9
Estimated Average Size of Awards $350,000.00
Cost Sharing No
Cooperative Agreement Yes
 
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 Contact Information

Name Marian Smithey, MS, BSN, RN
Email msmithey@hrsa.gov
Phone Number (301) 443-3831
 
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 Download Information

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Document Name Size Date Attached Description
HRSA-13-256 final v.2.pdf 611 kB 05/07/2013
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