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ALSN Live Webinar: Expanding the PATH (Prospect, Admissions, Training, Honors) for Student Veterans in Nursing

  • 6 Apr 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom


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ALSN announces the following webinar:

Expanding the PATH (Prospect, Admissions, Training, Honors) for Student Veterans in Nursing


Wednesday, April 6, 12noon Eastern
(Duration: 1 hour)


As the nursing profession continues to increase diverse workforce, opportunities, Academic Service Partnerships (ASP) between veterans’ healthcare facilities and nursing schools with Veteran to BSN (VBSN) programs are needed. In order to accomplish better diversity, clinical experiences, and leadership opportunities, while also capitalizing on their previous health and leadership military skills, ASP will be important to provide clear veteran-centered teaching goals and services for these student veterans (SV). The purpose of the new ASP is extending the VBSN programs into new partnerships with VA facilities or University Medical Centers across the nation. The two-fold goals of these new ASP are to create new relationships between nursing schools and Veterans Administration (VA) facilities and to expand opportunities for students and faculty to acquire veteran-centered care competencies. With VA facilities across the nation desiring to hire more veterans in the nursing workforce, expanded ASP between nursing schools and VA systems are ripe opportunities for development. Veterans’ military healthcare experiences and training often translate to highly skilled nurses in both civilian and veteran healthcare settings, fulfilling the workforce needs of both the nursing profession and military veterans.


  1. Understand at least three veteran-centered teaching strategies used in a successful veteran to BSN track.
  2. Understand at least three benefits of increased veteran-specific education partnerships.
  3. Identify at least three pathways to expand academic service partnerships.  


  • This activity was developed to meet the needs of faculty and administrators seeking new academic service partnerships incorporating veteran-centered teaching goals.
  • This webinar is also appropriate for leaders from diverse healthcare institutions, particularly those providing veteran-specific healthcare services. 


Deborah L. Sikes, DNP, RN, CNE; Associate Professor and Director of Veterans Education Initiatives for Non-Traditional Undergraduate Programs; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing; Lubbock, Texas. 


Dr. Deborah Sikes has been employed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing from April 2015 to present. She is an associate professor and the Director of Veterans Education Initiatives for the Non-Traditional Undergraduate Programs. She was the inaugural Veteran to BSN Director in the Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program. She has numerous veteran-related publications and has presented at local, national, and international conferences. Dr. Sikes has held several positions of leadership, including president and treasurer of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Kappa Chapter. She is a nominations committee member for the Texas League for Nursing and historian for the Military and Veterans National Alumni Network of Texas Tech University.


  • This course has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP16785, for a maximum of 1.00 Nursing Contact Hour. The licensee must retain this document for a period of four (4) years after the course concludes.
  • All participants will receive their certificate of attendance with CE after completion of the webinar survey. An archive will be available if you are unable to participate in the live webinar. CE may be requested after viewing the recorded session.


No refunds due to cancellation. An archive will be available if you are unable to participate in the live webinar.


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