Be prepared to face the challenges of caring for the military and veteran populations. The Masters of Science from the CU College of Nursing with a specialty in Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) provides nurses with the opportunity to advance their careers in this growing, important, and in-demand field. In addition to online course work, the VMHC specialty includes a 5-credit practicum custom-tailored to students’ intended area of expertise, so that they will be ready to serve the over 30 million in the Veterans Administration system and the Military Health System. The clinical practicum can focus on any area in veteran and military heath care, from PTSD and TBI, to flight nursing, aeromedical evacuation, battle field nursing, spinal rehab, recovery from blast injuries, or more.
VMHC MSN Competencies
Upon completion of the nursing program, students will be prepared to incorporate pertinent knowledge, values and abilities for direct and indirect provider roles to:
-Implement caring and competent nursing practice with veteran and military individuals, families and communities based on understanding the human experiences of health, illness and healing.
-Integrate the ethical use of technology and information systems to augment the human capacity for health, facilitate decision-making, support collaboration and foster communication.
-Promote health of local to global communities through promoting safe environments and safe and effective health care addressing the interaction among veteran and military service members, communities and their environmental contexts.
-Manage care to achieve quality, cost-effective and ethical outcomes in the delivery of health care for veteran and military service members, families and populations.
-Engage in leadership to promote social justice related to access, quality and socio-cultural acceptability of health care through relationship centered caring, advocacy and empowerment.
-Negotiate and adapt the delivery and management of health care and health care systems for veteran and military populations and environments.
-Practice relationship-centered caring through self-awareness, by developing and maintaining respectful relationships, communicating effectively, and integrating the influence of the human experience of health, illness and healing.
-Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence and integrating creative and critical thinking.
-Participate in generating and testing knowledge regarding nursing, health care and reflective caring practice.
-Actively engage in self-directed learning to maintain state of the art health care practice and to facilitate the education of future practitioners, paraprofessionals and healthy communities.
For more information, see the website: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/nursing/programs-admissions/militaryhealthcare/Pages/Master%20of%20Science%20Veteran%20and%20Military%20Health%20Care.aspx