Request for proposals for V.A. Nursing Academy's Enhancing by rageagainst


									                            DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
                                 Washington, DC 20420

                                           February 22, 2008

Dear Director of VA Healthcare Facility:

    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established a VA Nursing Academy in 2007 that is
committed to nursing education and practice and addresses nursing shortages in VA and the
Nation by (1) expanding teaching faculty in VA facilities and affiliated nursing schools; (2)
increasing VA recruitment and retention through enhanced clinical experiences for nursing
students and expanded teaching opportunities for VA nurses; and (3) emphasizing the importance
of a continuum of nursing education through expansion of the stipend program for graduate
students and the Pre- and Post-doctoral Nurse Fellowship Programs.

    We are pleased to announce the second Request for Proposals (RFP) that provides
information, policies, and submission procedures for the VA Nursing Academy’s Enhancing
Academic Partnerships Program. VA facilities and their affiliated nursing schools that have
commitments to enhancing their academic partnerships and the care of veterans are invited to
submit a proposal to participate in the remaining four years of this 5-year pilot program. Selection
of a diverse group of VA-nursing school partnerships is desired and VA facilities and schools of
nursing, regardless of their size, complexity, and other characteristics, are encouraged to submit a
proposal. This program will benefit VA facilities and nursing education programs. Proposals must
focus on baccalaureate nursing education. Selected nursing schools are required to increase
enrollments in their baccalaureate degree programs, which may include generic and/or accelerated
tracks, starting in the 2008-2009 academic year.

    Four competitively selected VA - nursing school partnerships will begin the pilot program in
academic year 2008-2009 and will continue through academic year 2011-2012. A third RFP will be
announced to select the last group of partnerships that will start in academic year 2009-2010. VA
facility - nursing school partnerships that are planning to submit a proposal for this program in
response to the enclosed RFP must submit a Letter of Intent by March 20, 2008. Full proposals
are due by April 23. Applying VA - nursing school partnerships will be notified of their selection or
non-selection by June 2.

    Questions about the VA Nursing Academy or the Enhancing Academic Partnerships Program
should be referred to Linda D. Johnson, Ph.D., R.N., at or at 202-461-9498
or Karen Ott, R.N., M.S.N. at or at 202-461-6966.

                                              Sincerely yours,

                                              Malcolm Cox, MD        Cathy Rick, RN, CNAA, FACHE
                                              Chief Academic         Chief Nursing Officer
                                              Affiliations Officer

Enclosure: RFP

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