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Providing Veterans With Innovative Nursing Educational Opportunities

Wittmann-Price, Ruth; Orrico, Suzan; Brogdon, Rhonda; Morgan, Robyn D.

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000566

This funded project assisted veteran students to obtain a baccalaureate in nursing by aligning the skills learned through military training with concepts and skills valued by professional nursing and taught to nursing students. Nine concepts or skills were identified by nursing faculty that validated for course credit. The identified concepts and skills were incorporated into four simulation scenarios. Veteran students’ skills were validated through simulation experiences in place of taking a three-credit nursing course. Anecdotal data from the debriefing process were rich with students’ experiences and gratitude for being recognized for their military knowledge and service.

About the Authors Ruth Wittmann-Price, PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE, CNEcl, FAAN, ANEF, is dean, School of Health Sciences, and professor, Department of Nursing, Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina. Suzan Orrico, MEd, is grant manger, Francis Marion University. Rhonda Brogdon, DNP, MBA, RN, is director of the RN-to-BSN Program and associate professor, Department of Nursing, Francis Marion University. Robyn D. Morgan, MFA, is nursing student service coordinator, Francis Marion University. This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant UF1HP26985. The information, content, and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the US Government. The grant team members acknowledge with thanks nurse advocate Marian Smithey, MSHP, RN, of the Bureau of Health Workforce. For more information, contact Dr. Wittmann-Price at

The authors have declared no conflict of interest.

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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