The Veteran Affairs (VA) Nursing Academic Partnerships is a nation-wide program that partners the VA's world-class health care system with the country's finest nursing schools to provide compassionate, highly educated nurses to look after the health care needs of the nation's veterans. The University of Utah College of Nursing was designated as one of the first VA Nursing Academic Partnerships (VANAP) in the country.
The goals of the VANAP are to enable stronger, mutually beneficial relationships between nursing schools and VA facilities through the following:
- Expanding faculty and professional development
- Increasing nursing student enrollment, primarily in baccalaureate programs
- Providing opportunities for educational and practice innovations
- Increasing recruitment and retention of VA nurses as a result of enhanced roles in nursing education
Through the VANAP, the College of Nursing and George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center have a partnership that supports increased student enrollment, recruitment of VA nurses and staff into university nursing programs and collaboration that will improve practice, research and education. VANAP allows all undergraduate nursing students to participate in clinical rotations at the VA Medical Center.
In addition, the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System invites recent BSN graduates to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program.