Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
School of Nursing names VA scholars
An ongoing partnership between the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing and Augusta’s Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center is better preparing nursing students to treat veterans.
Now in its third year, the Dedicated CNL-Students for Veterans Program allows students in the school’s Clinical Nurse Leader Program to complete all their acute-care clinical experience at the VA. DCV Scholars are immersed in the VA system, gaining a better understanding of its mission, policies and procedures.
“The VA is a perfect clinical learning environment for our students and an ideal academic partnership within footsteps of our clinical health enterprise,” said Dr. Janie Heath, School of Nursing Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “Not only does the DCV program promote quality of nursing care for our veterans, it helps to increase student enrollment and recruitment of new graduate nurses.”
This year’s DCV Scholars – Jimmy George, Martha McAdams and Katie O’Keefe - cite a wide range of experience and continuity of care as advantages of the program.
McAdams considers it a plus that the VA already has clinical nurse leaders in place. “That’s a big draw,” she said. “No other hospital in Augusta has nurses in a CNL role.”
Added George, “The VA is considered one of the best hospital systems in the world. It’s a privilege to work here. Serving the people who serve the nation is really special.”
MCG’s Clinical Nurse Leader Program is a master’s-level program for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. It trains students to oversee care coordination in groups of patients, joining the clinical environment with administration for the best in patient care.