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Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program | VA Health Care Louisville

In keeping with the Veterans Health Administration’s mission to honor America’s veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being, the mission of the Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency program is to support the transition, the integration and socialization of the professional roles of the baccalaureate prepared registered nurses, graduates, into professional nursing practice.

Through a collaborative partnership between the medical center and its community-affiliated schools of nursing, the goal of the PB-RNR program is to empower participants to provide high-quality, safe, and effective patient care that promote the health and well-being of our Veteran Patient Population. To achieve this goal, program participants receive high quality education and training; mentorship to develop sound clinical judgment and effective and safe nursing skills; compassion and empathy for our patient population; and a firm commitment to professional responsibility, continuous quality improvement and lifelong learning.

The VA Louisville (Robley Rex) Medical Center has served veterans since 1952. Health care services provided by the medical center are available to more than 150,000 veterans in a 35-county region of Kentucky and Southern Utah. Indiana.

As an educational institution, the medical center offers a full range of learning opportunities, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. The medical center maintains more than 30 affiliations with colleges and universities to provide clinical experiences for health profession trainees, including approximately 200 undergraduate nursing students each year.

The objectives of the Louisville VAMC PB-RNR program are:

  1. Provide post-baccalaureate nurses with comprehensive education, across a wide range of experiences to enhance veteran-centered care;
  2. Build participants’ knowledge and abilities to apply nursing science and evidence-based practice to a diverse veteran population;
  3. Support the development of professionalism and effective leadership behaviors;
  4. Improve the retention of graduate nurses who have obtained a baccalaureate; and
  5. Examine the impact of the program on clinical outcomes, nurse satisfaction, and patient satisfaction.

At the end of the PB-RNR program, the graduate nurse:

  1. Transition from an entry level, advanced beginner to a competent professional nurse, who provides safe, quality and ethical care to the veterans we serve;
  2. Use effective decision-making and clinical judgment skills;
  3. Demonstrate evidence-based practice in delivering Veteran-centered care;
  4. Demonstrate clinical leadership skills at the point of care; and,
  5. Implement an individual career plan, demonstrating a lifelong commitment to professional nursing.


The curricular framework of the program is developed around the CCNE residency program standards amended in 2021. The curricular concepts are integrated into the didactic and clinical educational components. In addition to the assessment tools prescribed for the PB-RNR program, competency validation will include facility-specific competency-based unit orientation and simulated experiences integrated into the didactic component.

Didactic teaching methods include lectures, case-based problem solving, small group activities and discussions, review of current literature, and simulations. Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is embedded throughout the curriculum, with specific activities to review current professional literature and patient outcome data in each topical area of ​​didactic teaching. The culmination of EBP program content is Resident Improvement Projects.

Benefits of the program:

  • Strengthen your nursing skills with structured expert mentorship throughout the program
  • Improve your critical thinking and leadership skills in various contexts
  • Paid position with medical benefits
  • No night shift or vacation required
  • Clinical experiences and professional development opportunities in a variety of patient care areas
  • 13 vacation days, 13 sick days and 11 paid holidays

Applicant requirements:

  • U.S. citizen and recent graduate of CCNE or ACEN accredited BSN or MSN nursing program (entry level)
  • Obtain RN License by program start date October 2022.
  • Minimum cumulation GPA of 3.0.
  • Commit to completing the One-year residency program.
  • Must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Submit Resume, no more than two pages.
  • 400 word personal statement “Why I want to be selected for the post-baccalaureate nursing residency program at Robley Rex VA Medical Center.”
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two from school faculty (a clinical faculty) and a letter from a nurse manager/assistant nurse manager of the primary Capstone experience unit (or if you are employed as an NA or PCA, your nurse supervisor immediate). Ask professors to email the PBNR Program Director directly.
  • Transcripts: A school official emailed the director of the PBNR program.
  • Deadline apply for the next cohort is September 12, 2022.

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