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Camo to College and Beyond Conference

CAMO TO COLLEGE AND BEYOND: TRANSITIONING MILITARY TO NURSES

DEPARTMENT OF NURSING

Over the past five years, the School of Nursing at Davenport University earned the honor of becoming a Veteran Bachelor of Nursing participant under the Health Services and Resources Administration grant. This academic pathway in the BSN-Prelicensure program fast tracks former medical military personnel by granting advanced standing for transcripted military training or credit by exam.

EVENT DETAILS

This event is designed to focus educationally supporting veterans in their transition from military member to practicing nurse. The conference will focus on best practices and strategies in supporting veteran student success and how to prepare them to enter the civilian workforce.

LOCATION: W.A. Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids, MI

WHEN: Pre-conference Thursday June 7th - Conference Friday June 8th, 2018

At the conference, you will learn about:

  • The academic and clinical needs of the military/veteran population
  • Best practices in granting credit for military experience
  • Best practices for veteran student admissions and retention
  • Strategies to support veteran transitions into and out of the academic environment (including curricular adaptation)

Keynote Speaker Ms Marian Smithey

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VBSN Project Officer and Nurse Consultant for the Health and Human Services Administration (HRSA). Read her full bio here!

Ms. Smithey has been managing the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program since its inception in 2013, which presently consists of 31 programs across 17 states.  In her present role, she advocates for veterans by helping colleges of nursing manage their HRSA grants and by sharing program accomplishments with stakeholders and federal leaders.

Since joining HRSA, Ms. Smithey served as HRSA’s National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Scholar, received numerous awards for job performance excellence, and earned several HRSA Honors Awards for her contributions while serving on the Veterans’ Advanced Medical Occupations, Affordable Care Act Outreach and Education, and Team-Based Care workgroups.

The pre-conference, which includes a military simulation and heavy hors d’oeuvres, will take place at the Hilton Garden East, Grand Rapids, MI from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Pre-registration is required.

Contact Dana Hill at dana.hill@davenport.edu with any questions.

View the full agenda here.

 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF1HP26488 and title "Veterans to BSN Program" for $1,527,068, with 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.