Graduating Nurses Got Hands-On Experience with Veterans

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SACRAMENTO — All nurses serve the public.

But, for a group of nurses graduating in Sacramento Friday, they got their degrees by learning on those who served our country.

The VANAP, or Veteran Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership, is a program through the University of San Francisco’s Satellite campus in Sacramento that is funded by the federal government.

The 18 graduates have spent the last couple of years getting hands on experience working with veterans at VA Hospitals in Northern California.

The graduating class Friday was the first to come through the program with four more on the way until the grant money runs up in 2019.

“It was amazing. The veterans were excited to learn what we were doing while we helped them, they wanted us to learn all we could and come back,” said graduate Matt Jones.

Not all the graduates will work at a VA hospital, but for those who do, priority will be giving because of their degree and veteran training experience.

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