FAQs: Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Veteran Nurses in Primary Care (VNPC) Training Program

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-19-092

  1. How do GI benefits impact participation in the program?
  2. Regarding student support, may we include in the budget money for tuition, fees, health insurance and/or mileage for participating veteran students?
  3. Do all the undergrad students need to be Veterans, military reservists?
  4. Regarding Academic Practice partnerships, am I correct in assuming that the sites do not have to be VA, but rather can include FQHC, health centers and/or any primary care setting?
  5. Do ROTC enrolled students qualify?
  6. Are RNs who are practicing but are not Veterans eligible for primary care continuing education?
  7. In terms of addressing veteran needs as learners and as consumers of health care, are there any prohibitions of enhancing curriculum content (for non-veterans) to help better address access to care for veterans?
  8. Can you tell us more about the requirement to register for an NPI number? Is this mandatory?
  9. Can we provide preceptor stipends?
  10. Are the nursing graduates required to work in primary care as employees?
  11. Does the full-time, Veteran-Academic-Clinical partnership liaison need to be a faculty member?
  12. Just to clarify, an RN in our partnering primary care setting could achieve a BSN through this program, or is it that we just offer continuing education?
  13. With the funding restrictions on page 20 of the NOFO, can we budget direct faculty effort on the application?
  14. For the work plan and logic model, can we reference in the project narrative the appropriate attachment OR should we put the information (e.g. logic model, work plan) in both the project narrative and the attachment?
  15. Do you require veteran students to be new to our nursing program or can existing students who are veterans be supported by the grant?
  16. Do the 150 hours have to be in addition to what we require or can I customize the veterans’ clinical settings to meet your requirement?
  17. Do you have a recommendation about the number of students we should target for participation?
  18. If this practicum would fall into the program in year 3, would that student only be eligible for grant funds in that year of the practicum?
  19. Can you have multiple academic/clinical partners?
  20. Would an ENTRY LEVEL MSN student be eligible for the practicums?
  1. How do GI benefits impact participation in the program?
    If the student is a veteran undergraduate nursing student, interested in participating in a longitudinal primary care practicum, they are eligible regardless of GI Bill status. The decision to provide financial aid to participating VNPC students is optional, and it is up to each institution to determine financial needs with the school financial aid office, registrar, and VA certifying official. A veteran student that receives VA benefits is also eligible to apply for and receive multiple scholarships/stipends.
  2. Regarding student support, may we include in the budget money for tuition, fees, health insurance and/or mileage for participating veteran students?
    Yes.
  3. Do all the undergrad students need to be Veterans, military reservists?
    Yes. Eligible Students include undergraduate nursing students who were honorably or generally discharged service members (including reservists and National Guardsmen) from any Armed Services branch. (See NOFO, page 8)
  4. Regarding Academic Practice partnerships, am I correct in assuming that the sites do not have to be VA, but rather can include FQHC, health centers and/or any primary care setting?
    Yes. The list is not meant to be all-inclusive.
  5. Do ROTC enrolled students qualify?
    ROTC students do not qualify, as they do not fall within the definition of veteran described on page 8 of the NOFO under “Eligible Students”.
  6. Are RNs who are practicing but are not Veterans eligible for primary care continuing education?
    Yes, if they are RN employees of the School of Nursing or the partner organizations. (See NOFO, page 8)
  7. In terms of addressing veteran needs as learners and as consumers of health care, are there any prohibitions of enhancing curriculum content (for non-veterans) to help better address access to care for veterans?
    Yes, that would be an allowable continuing education activity. (See NOFO, page 10, 3rd program requirement)
  8. Can you tell us more about the requirement to register for an NPI number? Is this mandatory?
    While acquiring an NPI number is not mandatory, HRSA encourages the practice to support ongoing clinician tracking projects to identify where clinicians are located to establish a framework for future reporting and analysis, utilizing clinicians’ NPIs.
    This will allow us to:
    • Better leverage the funding and opportunities that exist within HRSA’s health workforce programs;
    • Unlock the full potential of BHW’s data assets; and
    • Continue to be a good steward of federal resources. (See NOFO page 16)
  9. Can we provide preceptor stipends?
    Yes. This is an allowable expense for this grant.
  10. Are the nursing graduates required to work in primary care as employees?
    That is not a HRSA requirement; however, program participants are encouraged to seek employment in primary care. Increasing the number and distribution of highly skilled primary care nurses will help fulfill BHW goals of expanding the health workforce, improving primary care quality, addressing existing and emerging public health issues in communities of need, and improving vulnerable patient health outcomes.
  11. Does the full-time, Veteran-Academic-Clinical partnership liaison need to be a faculty member?
    They do not have to be a faculty member for that role. Your institution can decide whom to select.
    It is permissible to divide the job between multiple persons as long as the amounts equal one FTE.
  12. Just to clarify, an RN in our partnering primary care setting could achieve a BSN through this program, or is it that we just offer continuing education?
    The project focus is on providing primary care longitudinal practicums to undergraduate military veteran nursing students. RNs working at the school of nursing or partner sites are eligible to receive continuing education in primary care. Achieving the BSN degree is not the focus of this program.
  13. With the funding restrictions on page 20 of the NOFO, can we budget direct faculty effort on the application?
    Yes, that is an allowable expense.
  14. For the work plan and logic model, can we reference in the project narrative the appropriate attachment OR should we put the information (e.g. logic model, work plan) in both the project narrative and the attachment?
    While you can reference the attachments in the narrative, please ensure each is located in the appropriate Attachment slot per the application requirements.
  15. Do you require veteran students to be new to our nursing program or can existing students who are veterans be supported by the grant?
    New or existing undergraduate military veteran nursing students may be participants.
  16. Do the 150 hours have to be in addition to what we require or can I customize the veterans’ clinical settings to meet your requirement?
    Per the Program requirements, the longitudinal experiential training must be at least 150 hours. It is up to the applicant to determine the number of weeks or semesters that best fulfills the minimum number of hours required for the clinical training.
  17. Do you have a recommendation about the number of students we should target for participation?
    HRSA does not require a certain number. Each applicant should determine the number of students that is reasonable to accomplish the goals of the proposal.
  18. If this practicum would fall into the program in year 3, would that student only be eligible for grant funds in that year of the practicum?
    It depends on the structure of the program. Applicants must explain how they will ensure that selected veteran students would complete the extended primary care practicum if you provide financial support a year prior to taking the practicum.
  19. Can you have multiple academic/clinical partners?
    Yes, you can. If they are nursing school partners, they must be accredited.
  20. Would an ENTRY LEVEL MSN student be eligible for the practicums?
    No, they would not.
Date Last Reviewed:  February 2019