Emory University has been chosen to be one of the six nursing schools to train for the specialized field of veteran health care through the VA Nursing Academic Partnership program. The program is administered through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
This partnership will provide $4 million to fund 10 additional faculty positions and increase Emory's undergraduate nursing class by 100 students over a five-year period, as reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Other nursing programs selected for this partnership include Arizona State University, Marquette University, New Mexico University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Minnesota.
According the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, The United States is projected to have a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows.
The VA is the largest employer of nurses in the United States.