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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 aimed 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.


The overarching goal is safe, high-quality care for Veterans. In line with that goal, our 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. 


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. 

The didactic component will consist of weekly classroom activities driven by a CCNE-aligned curriculum including post-clinical conference for experiential learning and evidence-based practice exploration. 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
  • 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

Applications Due December 30, 2023 for our February 2024 Cohort.

Future Rolling Start Dates, apply early to ensure your place with an upcoming cohort.

To Apply

Please email a complete application packet to The 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) letters of recommendation
    • One (1) from a nursing school faculty
    • One (1) from a clinical faculty or a work manager
  • School transcripts
  • Form DD 214 if you are a Veteran

Points of Contact

Jennifer Furry, RN

Nurse Residency Program Director


Pam Burgett, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Chief, Learning Resources Service

Designated Education Officer