Honolulu, HI - U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Daniel K. Akaka and Senator Daniel K. Inouye announced today that the University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene has been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be a funded site for the VA Nursing Academy's Enhancing Academic Partnerships Program. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki called both Senators to inform them of the selection yesterday.
"This partnership will benefit the nursing students at U.H. and veterans across the Pacific by improving training, encouraging innovation, and developing new ways nurses can furnish care in the community," said Chairman Akaka and Senator Inouye. "VA's health system is the largest in the country, charged with meeting the health care needs of veterans, young and old, and developing new approaches to care. While dedicated to veterans, VA benefits the entire country by being a national leader in medical research and educating the next generation of health professionals."
"The School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene is very excited about being selected as a nurse academy site with the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System," said Mary Boland, Dean, UH School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene. "This academic-practice partnership supports both our agency's missions while developing capacity to address the nursing faculty shortage, recruitment and retention of professional nurses, and advancement of evidence-based research and practice in Hawai'i and the Pacific Rim."
The U.H. proposal was supported by Senators Akaka and Inouye in separate letters to VA. The proposal noted that the partnership would admit an additional 40 students over the first three years, expand educational opportunities for students and boost faculty and professional development, and increase the pool of Registered Nurse applicants available for the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System.
In addition to U.H., the following schools were informed of their selection: Western Carolina University in Asheville, NC, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Pace University in New York City, and Waynesburg University in Pittsburgh, PA.
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