Good Afternoon Network Directors,
Office of the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Operations is sending
the attached memorandum “The Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatric Scholars
Program – Enrollment now open for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 (VIEWS 10970730)” on
behalf of the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services /
Chief Nursing Officer (12). Please share with Medical Center Leadership.
DUE DATE: December 15, 2023 response from the field.
ACTION REQUESTED: Each VISN is
responsible for identifying appropriate candidates and will receive its
tailored nomination form and instructions in a separate email from the Greater
Los Angeles Healthcare System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center
(GRECC). The application period is November 15, 2023, through December
15, 2023. Eligibility guidance is in the attached FAQ sheet.
Per Dr. Catherine Kelso, “Please find attached the announcement memo for the FY 24 Geriatrics Scholars Program nominations. These will be accepted between November 15 and December 15, 2023. At the time the memo was released last year, Dr. Saslo noted that no education would be offered to nurses, which constitute the largest portion of VA direct care staff. Over the past year, GEC has identified and reviewed geriatric nursing education materials developed and available for purchase from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN). HIGN has courses available for APRNs, RNs, LPN/LVNs and NAs in a variety of settings (home care, ambulatory care, long term care).
ONS and GEC have collaborated on a proposal to purchase, pilot and evaluate these materials for widespread use in VA. ONS is presently working on a contract for proposal to PCS.”
Please send nominations to Luis G. Melendez, Education Program Administrator at Luis.Melendez2@va.gov .
PROGRAM AREA: Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) FY 24 Geriatric Scholars Program
BACKGROUND: In FY 2024, the VA Office of Rural
Health will fully fund limited enrollment slots, including tuition and travel,
if any. Recommended distribution of participants serving rural-dwelling
Veterans is noted in the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet.
Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN ) or home VA facility will be
responsible for participation costs of non-rural serving nominees including,
tuition or travel, if any, as detailed in the attached FAQ sheet.
QUESTIONS: Please direct program
inquiries to Mr. Luis Melendez, Program Administrator, or Dr. Josea Kramer,
Program Director, at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System GRECC. Mr.
Melendez can be reached at 818-891-7711 extension, 36094 or. Dr. Kramer can be
reached at Josea.Kramer@va.gov.
We are interested in your thoughts on this memorandum. Please respond to the Operational Memorandum Questionnaire [3 questions, 1 minute]. Your input is crucial to our ability to sustain improvements to the memorandum process.