Legislation Assembly Republican members Alison Littell McHose and Parker Space sponsor that would make nursing students eligible to receive academic credit for medical training received in the U.S. military was approved today by the General Assembly.
"What many men and women who valiantly served their country and fellow soldiers as corpsmen and medics experienced on the battlefield cannot be taught in a classroom,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Their training and hands-on service makes them ideal candidates for nursing school following their discharge. Such training and service is deserving of academic credit as they continue their education in a civilian setting.
“Returning to civilian life is often challenging and, at times, can be quite difficult for some,” she continued. “This measure is another effort to help them make the transition.”
"When veterans return home, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel for them to qualify for nursing jobs, especially when they had already been performing similar duties in their service to our country,” said Space, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Corpsmen and medics have proven their abilities and they deserve to be licensed and eligible for nursing positions as soon as possible.”
The measure, A-2061, directs the New Jersey Board of Nursing to encourage schools of nursing approved by the board to consider granting a nursing student, who served in the U.S. military, academic credit toward the student’s nursing degree for the student’s prior training and experience as a Naval corpsman or Army medic.
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