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Nursing Programs | VA Tennessee Valley Health Care

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Our nursing team is the backbone of providing world class healthcare. One of the many perks of working at TVHS is our residency and training programs for nursing.

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The purpose of the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program is to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to develop clinical competencies at a VA accredited medical facility.

For over 20 years, VA has offered this enjoyable one-year clinical residency to BSN students between their junior and middle years. VALOR is a to push Nursing training is designed to increase participants’ clinical skills, clinical judgment, and critical thinking while caring for our nation’s veterans. This program provides learning opportunities including educational or classroom experiences and clinical practice with an RN-qualified teacher.

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Students assigned to the program must have completed the last semester or quarter of their junior year in an accredited baccalaureate nursing program prior to the program’s start date. Students are assigned during the summer months for 400 hours. This experience may continue during the first academic year on a part-time/intermittent basis for no more than 800 hours in total.

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

  • New Nurse Guidance
  • Clinical practice with a teacher in a particular unit
  • Opportunities to rotate to other units/disciplines for observational trials
  • Other planned learning experiences (nursing bootcamp, code blue management, telemetry class, interview basics, and more).

After completing the first 10 weeks of full-time employment, VALOR students may continue to work during the academic year until graduation (within the program’s guidelines for total hours and earnings).

Transition to Registered Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

The Residency Transition to Practice Program (RNTTP) consists of a comprehensive 12-month curriculum built on criteria related to clinical, leadership and professional dimensions. Residency programs ensure a supervised transition into independent and competent clinical practice.

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Clinical settings provide a range of experiences in the application of nursing science and practice, provide exposure to veterans of different backgrounds and cultures, and foster progressive responsibility in carrying out professional functions. Your support network includes a dedicated group of nursing leaders consisting of peer participants, RNTTP faculty, clinical educators, skilled teachers, and supportive mentors.

Enhance your knowledge by collaborating with your healthcare team to ensure the best care is provided to veterans. You will discover an environment characterized by commitment, excellence, mutual respect and professionalism. Program benefits include:

  • Monthly structured educational sessions
  • Group meetings with cohort and coordinators
  • State-of-the-art simulation lab to enhance clinical learning through ‘realistic’ patient-centered case scenarios and practice skills
  • Explore evidence-based practice and develop research projects
  • Variety of experiential learning opportunities including clinical courses
  • Advanced leadership and role development
  • The initiator is guided by the transition to a competent independent practice
  • Guidance for continuing professional growth

Residency Program for Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurses

The Post-Baccalaureate Residency Program for Registered Nurses (PB-RNR) is the leading RN residency education and training program. The PB-RNR is designed to improve the quality of care by providing additional training and support for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or the Junior Master of Science in Nursing.

Residency programs ensure a supervised transition into independent and competent clinical practice. Clinical settings provide a range of experiences in the application of nursing science and practice, provide exposure to veterans of different backgrounds and cultures, and foster progressive responsibility in carrying out professional functions. Continuity of veteran-centered care is emphasized in inpatient to outpatient care, acute and long-term care, spinal cord injury/disease, and mental health programs. You will be an integral part of multidisciplinary teams that will enhance clinical and leadership skills in a variety of clinical settings.

Your support network includes a dedicated group of nursing leaders consisting of peer participants, a PB-RNR, clinical educators, skilled coaches, and supportive mentors. Enhance your knowledge by collaborating with your healthcare team to ensure we provide the best care for our veterans. You will discover an environment characterized by commitment, excellence, mutual respect and professionalism.

  • State-of-the-art simulation lab to enhance clinical learning through patient-centered, “real-world” case scenarios and practice skills.
  • Advanced leadership and role development.
  • Teacher-guided practice to prepare for the transition to a professional nurse.
  • Guidance for continuing professional growth.
  • Explore evidence-based practice and develop research projects.

Progressing

The application requires a portfolio consisting of a resume, personal data, samples of academic work, an unofficial transcript, and letters of support. Detailed instructions can be found in the forms below.

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Application wallets are due by Saturday 12 February 2022. Interviews will take place at the end of February/early March 2022, to be decided by the end of March 2022.

To find out more, contact:

Amanda Doctor, MSN, RN
PB-RNR Program Manager
615-873-8749
amanda.docktor@va.gov

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