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The University of Michigan-Flint’s (UM-Flint) Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to improve the lives of US military personnel, veterans, and their families. The grant will be used to develop and implement a Vet2Vet Support Specialist Program dedicated to providing peer support to veteran nursing students.

Dr. Beverly Jones, VBSN project director, tells, “The University of Michigan-Flint Vet2Vet Coaching Program will provide benefit for both students and coach specialists who are military veterans. The program is a two-way relationship that supports matriculation persistence and university engagement as veterans transition into student nurses and successfully complete the registered nurse licensure examination. By enhancing student morale, productivity, and reducing the sense of student isolation, the program paves the way for veterans to become bachelor-prepared registered nurses.”

UM-Flint is committed to providing a military-friendly environment to nursing students, ensuring that they receive the best education, supportive services, and tools necessary for academic success. The VBSN program is dedicated to building healthy communities through strengthening the healthcare workforce with recruitment efforts, licensure preparation, and employment of US veterans.

The VBSN program is an accelerated bachelor’s degree program that builds on prior military healthcare training for veterans who want to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program focuses on reducing barriers to entry for veterans and awarding academic credit for military coursework and other health-oriented training.

To learn more about UM-Flint’s recent grant to fund the Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, visit here.

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