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Vcan® – East Carolina University (ECU) Partnership

Vcan® is committed to demonstrating that patient and organizational outcomes are enhanced when nurses are better educated, developed, and prepared to deliver care. To evidence this commitment, Vcan® is developing a world-class, national research hub to advance nursing science by evaluating nurse’s contributions to: 1) Patient safety, 2) Organizational capacity-building, 3) Sustainability of organizations, and 4) Economic success, conceptualized by the acronym POSE.

In 2016, Vcan® entered into a partnership with East Carolina University College of Nursing (ECUCON) by providing a grant to Drs. Elaine S. Scott and Melvin S. Swanson for the purposes of collaborating to formulate meaningful research strategies, manage a longitudinal Versant new graduate nurse (NGN) database, and articulate and sponsor relevant mission-driven research. Through this partnership, ECUCON will provide data management strategies, research design assistance, instrument evaluation, and oversight of Vcan® research awards.
ECUCON will facilitate the work of Vcan® by: (a) providing thought leadership and a core set of research resources for Vcan®; (b) building a research infrastructure that enhances coordination and provides comprehensive oversight for internal and external research; (c) offering internal and external consultation on research topics, design, instrument selection and methodological choices; (d) managing all external Vcan® funding and scholarship initiatives for research; (e) evaluating the applicability of research perspectives from other profession to nursing; and (f) supporting publication and presentation of evidence and findings that voice the value of nursing.

Continuing Nursing Education

Versant® is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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About Versant

Versant® (pronounced VER-sent). The name Versant is derived from the word conversant, which means, “to be well informed about or thoroughly knowing” a field of expertise.