It's long been known that many individuals who serve in the military are taught specialized skills in various disciplines. But at the same time, when these veterans return to civilian life and apply for jobs or enroll for college within their skill sets, they are often not given credit for the talent and knowledge they acquired in the service. Nevada has developed several programs that seek to resolve such divisive conditions.
One such program recently saw three Nevada students who are veterans graduate as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) without having to start their educational process from the beginning. The medical experience they all have from their time in the military compensated for the novice classes they would have been required to take. The process was aided by a financial grant from the Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS), which assisted the College of Southern Nevada in revising its LPN educational platform to accommodate veterans who experienced military Medic or Corpsman training and hands-on work in the field. The program was authorized by Nevada Executive Order 2014-11.
Kat Miller, the Director of the NDVS, said "Because of our grant, the support of the Nevada State Board of Nursing, and the College of Southern Nevada's commitment to veterans and the military, the school now offers a 15-credit, one-semester program that bridges the gaps between a veteran's military education and experience. The topics of instruction include didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences in practical nursing, and includes concepts and theories related to patient care. It's a real honor and pleasure to know that our State veterans department is able to help veterans in this manner. I look forward to many more graduates in the future."
The initial three LPN graduates are Darnell Dobbins, who is still on active duty as an Army Sgt. First Class. A New York native, he has been in the service since 1998 and has held several positions in various locations. Currently he is a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator stationed in Las Vegas. Charlina Linam hails from Indiana, and has been in the Air Force since 2007. She is currently an Air Force Reserve Senior Airman. Shari-Apryll Tauro is from Northern California, and has been in the Air Force since 2003. She is currently an Air Force Reserve Tech Sgt.