OVERVIEW

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 vnef@gsu.edu

PROGRAM

A man stands at attention, dressed both in military fatigues and nurse scrubs.

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.

Proposed Package for Veteran Nurse to Educator 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:

  • Doctoral education through the STEPS Initiative after six months employment, with payback of two years after degree completion, and
  • Post grad specialty certificate in area needed by hiring school, with payback of one year to employing institution after program completion.

PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS

USG Institutions with Nursing Programs:

Armstrong State University    Savannah, GA   
Clayton State University    Morrow, GA   
College of Coastal Georgia    Brunswick, GA   
Columbus State University    Columbus, GA   
Darton State College    Albany, GA   
Georgia College and State University    Milledgeville,, GA   
Georgia Perimeter College    Decatur, GA   
Georgia Regents University    Augusta, GA   
Georgia Gwinnett College    Lawrenceville, GA   
Georgia Highlands College    Dallas, GA   
Georgia Southern University    Statesboro, GA   
Georgia Southwestern State University    Americus, GA   
Georgia State University    Atlanta, GA   
Gordon State College    Barnesville, GA   
Kennesaw State University    Kennesaw, GA   
Middle Georgia State College    Warner Robins, GA   
South Georgia State College    Douglas, GA   
University of North Georgia    Cumming, GA; Dahlonega, GA; Oakwood, GA; Watkinsville, GA   
University of West Georgia    Carrollton, GA   
Valdosta State University    Valdosta, GA   

Interest Form

Personal Information
I. Your Nursing Background

Do you have experience with online education? (As a student and/or an educator?)

   
II. Your Needs and Teaching Interests

There are 24 different campuses in the University System of Georgia with nursing education programs ranging from ADN to DNP and PhD.

Contact Us

For more information regarding the application process, please contact:

VNEF Program Coordinator
Georgia Regents University
404-413-1676
vnef@gsu.edu

Lead Universities

Armstrong State University
Columbus State University
Georgia Regents University
Georgia State University

Thank you for your interest.

You will be contacted shortly with more information.

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