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Our nursing team is the backbone of delivering world-class healthcare. One of the many benefits of working at TVHS are our tailored nursing residency and education programs.

VALUE program

The aim of the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program is to provide an opportunity for exceptional students to develop clinical skills at a VA accredited medical facility.

For over 20 years, the VA has offered this exciting one-year clinical residency to BSN students between their junior and senior years. VALUE is a paid nursing internship designed to increase participants’ clinical skills, clinical judgment and critical thinking while caring for our country’s veterans. This program provides learning opportunities including didactic or classroom experiences and clinical practice with a qualified AI preceptor.

Students recruited for the program must have completed the last semester or last trimester of their junior year in an accredited Bachelor of Nursing program by the start date of the program. Students are appointed during the summer months for 400 hours. This experience can continue into their final year of university part-time / intermittent for no more than 800 hours in total.

The VALOR program begins with 10 weeks of full-time paid work during the summer months (June-August). Candidates must be available to work 40 hours per week during this period. The summer program includes:

  • Orientation of the new nurse
  • Clinical practice with a preceptor in an assigned unit
  • Possibility of rotation to other units / specialties for observational experiences
  • Other educational experiences planned (nursing boot camp, code blue management, telemetry course, interview essentials, etc.).

After completing the first 10 weeks of full-time work, VALOR students can continue to work throughout the academic year until graduation (within the limits of the program guidelines for the total number of students). ‘hours and income).

RN Transition-to-Practice Residency Program

The Transition to Practice Registered Nurse Residency Program (RNTTP) is a comprehensive 12-month program based on standards related to clinical, leadership and professional dimensions. Residency programs provide a supervised transition to independent and competent clinical practice.

Clinical settings offer a range of experiences in the application of the science and practice of nursing, provide exposure to veterans of diverse backgrounds and cultures, and encourage gradual responsibility in the performance of professional duties. Your support network includes a dedicated group of nurse leaders made up of participating peers, RNTTP professors, clinical educators, qualified preceptors and support mentors.

Improve your knowledge by working with the healthcare team to ensure the best care is provided for Veterans. You will discover an environment marked by commitment, excellence, mutual respect and professionalism. Highlights of the program include:

  • Monthly structured educational sessions
  • Group meetings with the cohort and coordinators
  • State-of-the-art simulation lab to enhance clinical learning with patient-centered ‘real’ case scenarios and practice skills
  • Exploration of evidence-based practice and development of research projects
  • Variety of experiential learning opportunities including clinical placements
  • Advanced leadership and role development
  • Preceptor-Guided Transition to Competent Independent Practice
  • Mentorship for continued professional growth

Post-baccalaureate residency program in registered nurses

The Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurses Residency Program (PB-RNR) is a premier residency program for the education and training of registered nurses. PB-RNR is designed to improve the quality of care by providing additional training and support to new graduates of the entry-level Bachelor of Nursing or Master of Nursing degree.

Residency programs provide a supervised transition to independent and competent clinical practice. Clinical settings offer a range of experiences in the application of the science and practice of nursing, provide exposure to veterans of diverse backgrounds and cultures, and encourage gradual responsibility in the performance of professional duties. Veteran-centered continuity of care is emphasized in inpatient and outpatient care, acute and long-term care, spinal cord injury / disease and mental health programs. You will be an integral part of interdisciplinary teams that will enhance clinical and leadership skills in various clinical settings.

Your support network includes a dedicated group of nurse leaders made up of participating peers, PB-RNR professors, clinical educators, qualified preceptors and support mentors. Improve your knowledge by working with the healthcare team to ensure the best care is provided to our Veterans. You will discover an environment marked by commitment, excellence, mutual respect and professionalism.

  • State-of-the-art simulation lab to enhance clinical learning with patient-centered ‘real’ case scenarios and practice skills.
  • Advanced leadership and role development.
  • Preceptor-guided practice to prepare for your transition to a competent nurse.
  • Mentorship for continued professional growth.
  • Exploration of evidence-based practice and development of research projects.

Apply

The application requires a portfolio consisting of a curriculum vitae, personal statements, examples of academic work, an unofficial transcript and letters of support. Detailed instructions are available in the forms below.

Application portfolios are owed by Saturday February 12, 2022. Interviews will take place at the end of February / early March 2022 and selections will be made by the end of March 2022.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Docktor, MSN, IA
PB-RNR Program Director
615-873-8749
amanda.docktor@va.gov