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

  • Program Name:Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Activity Code:UF1
  • Application Available:12/27/2013
  • Application Deadline:2/18/2014
  • Created By:Koplitz, Michelle
  • Created On:5/15/2013
  • Last Updated by:User, Administrator
  • Last Updated On:1/30/2015
  • Estimated Project Start Date:7/1/2014

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 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-14-071
Announcement Code VBSN
CFDA Number 93.359
Provisional No
Activity Code UF1
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2014


This announcement solicits applications for the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) - Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (VBSN) Program.  For FY 2014, the Division of Nursing (DN) will solicit three-year cooperative agreements that propose to develop and implement innovative career ladder programs that will increase the enrollment, progression, and graduation of veterans in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.  The VBSN program 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.  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) that seek 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 career experience/training or other relevant military training; Improve employment opportunities for veterans through high demand careers training, and Address the growing national demand for BSN prepared Registered Nurses 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 increase employment opportunities.  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 with the communities they will serve. The VBSN project will:  (1) provide program participants with the opportunity to receive academic credit for prior military medical training and experience, (2) provide participants with knowledge, skills, and support(s) needed to successfully matriculate through innovative BSN career ladder training programs, and (3) prepare program participants for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX- RN). 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 evidenced-based pathways that will increase veterans’ enrollment, advancement, graduation, employment and retention within the field of nursing.  It is anticipated that VBSN projects will: Incorporate career ladder development for veterans into an existing BSN program; Develop programs and/or methods to assess veteran competencies that are eligible for awarding of nursing academic credit. Potential credits may be based on veteran’s leadership skills and/or prior health care training and experience; Address physical, emotional, and environmental issues that may be unique to veterans that could potentially impact learning, negatively interfere with program completion, and deter gainful employment in nursing after graduation; Include faculty development activities to enhance faculty understanding of military culture and teaching strategies that address the unique needs of veterans both in and outside of the classroom (e.g., understanding scope of practice limitations in a civilian environment, education continuance plans in case of deployment, etc.); and Include mentorship and other supportive services (including outreach to veteran’s organizations) that address the unique challenges that veterans face when transitioning to civilian life.

 Legislative Information

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

 Application Information

Application Available 12/27/2013
Application Deadline 02/18/2014
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 04/19/2014
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
Allow Multiple Applications
from an Organization from
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov

 General Information

Projected Award Date 09/01/2014
Estimated Project Period 3 years.
Estimated Project Start Date 07/01/2014
Estimated Project End Date 06/30/2017
Estimated Amount of this Competition $2,800,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 8
Estimated Average Size of Awards $350,000.00
Cost Sharing No
Cooperative Agreement Yes

 Contact Information

Name Marian Smithey, MS, BSN, RN
Phone Number (301) 443-3831

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