VA-UF Nursing Center of Excellence

UF was one of four universities the VA recently selected to form the VA Nursing Academy, a five-year, $40-million pilot initiative. The VA-UF partnership – which has allowed UF to expand nursing enrollment in its baccalaureate program by 28 students this semester and to add 10 more nursing students in its accelerated bachelor’s degree program beginning next May – links the College of Nursing with the nursing service at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System to form the VA-UF Nursing Center of Excellence.

The program’s goals include increasing nursing educational opportunities, enhancing clinical activities, promoting nurse recruitment and retention, improving nursing practice environments and ultimately improving patient care.