Nursing for Veterans by Veterans

From left: School of Nursing Dean Donna Nickitas, a retired Air Force Nurse Reserve Corps major; Clinical Associate Professor Kevin Emmons SNC’04, an Army veteran; and Sandi Blood McKay SNC’18, a Coast Guard veteran and coordinator of the Veterans Serving Veterans Nursing Program.

The Veterans Serving Veterans Nursing Fellowship Program, designed for student-veterans seeking nursing degrees at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, is funded by a three-year, nearly $1.5 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

The program—the only one of its kind in the Delaware Valley and the state of New Jersey—began in fall 2019 with the dual goal of helping veterans launch careers as nurses and improving health care for veterans by training veterans to be nurses who serve veterans. “Nurses who have served in the military will be the best possible health care providers for veterans in their care, because they intimately understand the needs of veterans,” said Donna Nickitas, dean of the School of Nursing.

For more, read this story from the fall 2019 Rutgers Magazine.

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