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Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency (PB-RNR) is a one-year, cohort-based training program.

About the Program

The Post-baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency (PB-RNR) is a one-year, cohort-based training program. It is an academic-based residency program that provides training to newly licensed RNs in the role of trainee, prior to becoming a staff nurse. The competency-based RN residency provides 100% protected training time to enhance new graduate RN competency, confidence in practice, and leadership skills. The curriculum integrates both didactic and experiential learning activities. The curriculum model is designed to provide new graduate nurses an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained during prelicensure educational experiences across various clinical settings in Veterans Health Administration.


The mission of the Battle Creek VA Medical Center PB-RNR program is to develop competent, confident, practice-ready registered nurses equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the specific needs of our nation's Veterans.

Although we believe you will enjoy working with us at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center; we recognize our Veterans live in various locations around the world, therefore our primary mission is not location dependent. Upon completion of the PB-RNR program, we support transfer within the VA System with no payback/contract requirements. As a resident, you are expected to identify and apply for a permanent role toward the end of the residency year for a seamless transition to practice. 

Goals & Objectives

The overarching Post Baccalaureate RN Residency program goal is to ensure safe, high-quality care for Veterans. 

The PB-RNR program will:

  • Produce residents that provide evidence-based, high quality, Veteran-centered care.
  • Foster the integration of interprofessional collaboration into daily practice.
  • Produce future healthcare leaders in the professional practice of nursing.
  • Increase new RN graduate satisfaction with their transition from entry level advanced beginner nurse to competent professional nurse. 

Throughout the program, residents are expected to demonstrate:

  • Professional practice advancement
  • Clinical comfort improvement
  • Demonstration of new and advancing clinical skill(s) competencies 
  • Formulate an individual career plan demonstrating a life-long commitment to professional nursing.

Upon program completion, PB-RNR graduates will:

  • Transition from entry-level advanced beginner nurse to competent professional nurse, levels defined by Benner's "novice to expert" theory.
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and critical thinking.
  • Provide clinical leadership at the point of patient care.
  • Formulate an individual career plan demonstrating a life-long commitment to professional nursing.


PB-RNR graduates will be provided with 100% protected time which will consist of 80% clinical practice and 20% didactic learning. The clinical component will be divided into three phases of precepted clinical rotation.

  • Phase 1 focuses on developing initial competencies with a primary preceptor.
  • Phase 2 focuses on learning about the VA system with rotations in a variety of clinical areas.
    • Clinical areas may include: Patient Aligned Care Teams, Outpatient Specialty Clinics, Community Living Center, Urgent Care, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Inpatient Mental Health, Quality Improvement, Home-Based Primary Care, and Telehealth
  • Phase 3 focuses on leadership and professional development by placing the graduate on a unit where they may be hired upon program completion. 

Our PB-RNR program is designed to support our mission, vision, values, and goals. In doing so, we will provide new graduate nurses the foundation they need for a successful career and an opportunity to find their professional fit through experiencing various clinical settings. 

Didactic consist of  activities driven by a CCNE-aligned curriculum. Interactive learning sessions will include:

  • Case Studies
  • Clinical narratives
  • Evidence Based Practice Projects
  • Grand Rounds
  • Guided discussion
  • Presentations
  • Role modeling
  • Simulation
  • Web-based learning


  • U.S. citizen
  • Meet Selective Service Registration requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) accredited program providing initial entry to nursing practice
  • No history of paid RN work experience
  • Current unrestricted RN license (obtained by program start date)
  • Proficient in both spoken and written English
  • Commitment to complete 1-year program

Program Start Date

We recommend applying up to 6 months in advance of start dates with final applications due December 30th for spring cohorts (beginning late February/ early March) and May 30th for our fall cohorts (beginning in late July / early August) each year. 

To Apply

Applications may be submitted via:


The initial application packet must include:

  • Personal Statement (no more than 1,000 words):
    • Why are you interested in the program?
    • Why do you want to care for Veterans?
    • What are your career goals for the next five years?
  • Resume (not to exceed two pages)
  • VA application form 10-2850D (Application for Health Trainees)  
  • Two (2) signed letters of recommendation with current contact information available for verification.
    • One (1) from a nursing school faculty
    • One (1) from a clinical faculty or a work manager
  • BSN/MSN Program - school transcripts
    • Currently available unofficial transcript may be submitted with initial application.
    • Final transcript must be submitted prior to program start date. 
  • Form DD 214 if you are a Veteran

Points of Contact

Jennifer Furry, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, PCCN-K, PMP, CNML

Nurse Residency Program Director


Pam Burgett, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Chief, Learning Resources Service

Designated Education Officer