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Post-graduate Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program


Thank you for your interest in the Post-Graduate Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program at the Hampton VA Health Care System.  This residency is designed for new graduate Family/Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners with a commitment to serving our Veteran population.  Please send an e-mail to the Program Director with the subject:  Primary Care Residency.  You will then be provided a link to send all your documents as part of the application process.

  • Program:  Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency
  • Location:  Hampton, Virginia
  • Program Director:  Terry A. Guyton-Smith, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDP, CGS
  • Program Director’s
  • Nurse Residency Location:  Hampton VA Health System
  • Address:  100 Emancipation Drive, Hampton, VA 23667
  • Academic Partner(s):  Hampton University School of Nursing
  • Program Mission and/or Goals:

The mission of the Post-Graduate Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency is to bridge education gap while engaging in clinical practice to transition the novice nurse practitioners into a safe, competent professions to care for our nation’s Veterans while using clinical evidence to guide practice.


  • Supports professional role transition, integration, and socialization of new nurse practitioners.
  • Provides interprofessional learning and practice experiences in Veterans with complex health care problems.
  • Improves Veterans’ access to high quality care.
  • Expands the Hampton VA Health System’s workforce by improving the confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new nurse practitioners who choose to work in a Veteran-centric setting.
  1. Recruits and retains well-trained and experience Nurse Practitioner Residents.
  2. Enhances interprofessional collaborations and educational opportunities.
  3. Enhances the intensity of collaborations between the Hampton VA Health System and the Hampton University School of Nursing (HUSON)
  4. Improves the quality of primary care services for Veterans.
  5. Gains tremendous experience in managing Veterans’ primary care and complex health conditions.
  6. Home critical thinking and diagnostic skills.
  7. Works closely with mentors and interdisciplinary health care teams to provide Veteran-centric competent care.

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency is a 12-month program during which the residents have 100% protected time to master the complexities of caring for Veterans.


The curriculum defines, separates, and integrates both classroom and experiential learning opportunities and consists of 80% experiential learning activities and 20% didactic learning activities.


The 12-month curricular program was designed using a four-phase model.  The model consists of multiple rotations to a wide variety of specialty units and primary care clinics.  Clinical rotations will be within the Hampton VA Health System, inclusive of its surrounding Community Based Out-Patient Clinics (CBOCs).

  • Program eligibility or qualifications for applying.
  • A recent graduate (within 12 months) of master’s or doctoral level nurse practitioner program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Holds current board certification in the same specialty area as the program’s focus:
  • Primary Care NP Residents must hold either an Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification.
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a Nurse Practitioner in a U.S. state, commonwealth, territory, or the District of Columbia, prior to the start of the NPR Program.
  • PC-Salary is paid by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and rates may increase depending on the current year allocation rate.
  • Government health care medical plan with optional dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • 11 paid holidays.
  • Annual and sick leave accrued per pay period.
  • No call or weekend shifts required.
  • 100% protected learning time.
  • Other VA unmatched benefits.
  • Provide application steps or a link to specific application requirements or templates, as required.
  • Send e-mail to the Program Director: Make sure you use the subject as Primary Care Residency.
  • Once the e-mail has been received by the Program Director, an application, and a link to submit the following documents will be sent to each applicant:
    • Application
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement (500 words or less)
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (include Telephone Number)
  • Application Deadline:  January 15, 2024 – April 15, 2024
  • Interviews will be tentatively conducted in May of 2024
  • If selected for an interview, applicants will be notified by May 15, 2024
  • Cohorts begin September 22, 2024
  • Program Point of Contact:  Terry A. Guyton-Smith, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDP, CGS                                                                              Program Director

Notice:  If you are a current government employee, please contact the Program Director prior to completing your application.  A conversion status change from employee to trainee, including changes in benefits, will be required to participate in the residency.