The University System of Georgia (USG) recognizes the pressing need to recruit and retain strong nursing faculty to teach the next generation of nurses. The uniformed services are excellent sources of highly educated and flexible nurses with advanced degrees. Many experienced nurses are separating from active duty in the uniformed services through retirement, reduction in force, or otherwise and seeking a civilian career. Teaching nursing in the USG is a viable career move for nurse Veterans, many of whom hold a Master of Science in Nursing, advanced practice certification, and/or a doctoral degree. While they have been teaching throughout their careers, they may lack exposure and experience in civilian academic settings, institution-specific technology, and pedagogical knowledge and skills.
Deans and Directors of the University System of Georgia Nursing Programs are promoting the state of Georgia as a “Preferred Destination for Nurse Veterans” via a Veteran to Nurse Educator Fellowship (VNEF). The program is designed to recruit nurses separating from the uniformed services into any USG nursing faculty vacancies throughout the state. Applicants will be informed of and referred to USG nursing programs needing faculty members.
For more information regarding the application process, please contact the VNEF Program Coordinator at 404-413-1676 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The USG is implementing a Veteran Nurse to Educator Fellowship (VNEF) program that any USG nursing program can access to help in the transitioning of new faculty member recruited from any of the uniformed services (PHS, Army, Navy, and Air Force). These individuals will be referred to as fellows and will receive extra support in the form of additional training and individualized mentoring during their first year of teaching.
Nurses preparing to leave uniformed service will be recruited to Georgia to teach nursing in one of the USG schools that has a current faculty vacancy that matches that individual’s credentials and interest. He/she may be recruited through the VNEF marketing process, which will then assist in linking the individual to the institution corresponding to his/her interests, or the individual will be referred to the VNEF by the recruiting institution upon learning that he/she is leaving uniformed service. The faculty candidate will proceed through the institution’s usual hiring process. Once hired, the individual will become a VNEF fellow.
The VNEF summer intensive will consist of two online courses:
Instructional competency - focused on lecture, online teaching, clinical supervision, simulated learning supervision, and course coordination.
Student learning outcomes—focused on measurement and evaluation, including test item writing, psychometrics, and test administration competencies
After these two courses, the VNEF fellows will maintain contact online as a cohort and will interact with local expert faculty mentors to support their learning throughout the first year. VNEF fellows will be invited to all USG faculty development programs.
VNEF participants will simultaneously be teaching in a USG department or school of nursing during this year long fellowship and will have agreed to teach at minimum one academic year as their commitment to the fellowship.
The VNEF program will reimburse the employing institution for half of the summer salary and the local institution will pay the other half salary for the fellow. The VNEF summer intensive will include participation in both VNEF courses and other employing institution summer orientations deemed useful in preparation of the VNEF fellow for a teaching role. Also, VNEF will pay all tuition and fees for two courses for each VNEF fellow. The employing institution will pay the VNEF fellow’s full salary for the academic year following the summer intensive.
Additional benefits to fellows following their first year of employment in the USG system may include:
For more information regarding the application process, please contact:
VNEF Program Coordinator
Georgia Regents University
Armstrong State University
Columbus State University
Georgia Regents University
Georgia State University
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