Discovering a New Purpose: Veterans' Transition to Nursing Education

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© Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. With the downsizing of military forces and the support of GI Bill benefits, a growing number of veterans are returning to college. Using a qualitative descriptive approach, the researchers sought to understand the transition experiences of 11 veterans enrolled in baccalaureate nursing programs. Data suggest the transition process is challenging, marked by significant change in structure and culture from one context to the next. Veterans return to school to learn and seek meaning and purpose in the pursuit of a nursing degree. Faculty understanding of military culture is a first step in guiding the student veteran to success in nursing education.


Patterson, B. J., Elliott, B., & Chargualaf, K. A. (2019). Discovering a new purpose: Veterans’ transition to nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 40(6), 352–354. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000538