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Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program

The Robley Rex VA Medical Center has been serving Veterans since 1952. Health care services provided by the Medical Center are available to more than 150,000 Veterans in a 35-county area in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

As a teaching 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 over 30 affiliations with colleges and universities to provide clinical experiences for health professions trainees, including approximately 200 undergraduate nursing students annually.


Consistent 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 professional role transition
  • integration, and
  • socialization of baccalaureate prepared graduate registered nurses,
  • into professional nursing practice,
  • empowering program participants to
    • provide high-quality
    • safe
    • effective patient care
    • to promote the health and well-being of our Veteran patient population


To achieve this mission, program participants receive:

  • high-quality education and training
  • mentorship to develop 
    • strong clinical judgement
    • safe effective nursing skills
    • compassion and empathy for our patient population, and
    • a strong commitment to professional accountability, continuous quality improvement, and life-long learning.


The goals of the Louisville VAMC PB-RNR program are to:

  1. provide newly licensed bachelors prepared nurses with comprehensive education, through a broad range of experiences to enhance Veteran-centered care;
  2. strengthen participants’ knowledge and capabilities in applying nursing science and evidence-based practice to a diverse Veteran population;
  3. support the development of professionalism and effective leadership behaviors;
  4. enhance retention of these nurses; and
  5. examine the impact of the program on clinical outcomes, nurse satisfaction, and patient satisfaction.


Program Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the PB-RNR Program, the graduate nurse will:

  1. transition from entry-level novice nurse to an advanced beginner/competent professional nurse, who provides safe, quality, ethical care to the Veterans we serve;
  2. utilize effective decision-making and clinical judgment skills;
  3. demonstrate evidence-based practice in providing Veteran-centered care;
  4. demonstrate clinical leadership skills at the point of care; and,
  5. implement an individual career plan, demonstrating life-long commitment to professional nursing.



The curricular framework for the program is developed around CCNE Residency Program Curriculum Standards amended in 2021 and Office of Academic Affiliation competency requirements. Curricular concepts are incorporated into both didactic and clinical instructional components. In addition to the prescribed assessment tools for the PB-RNR Program, competency validation will include facility-specific competency-based unit orientation and simulated experiences incorporated in the didactic component.

Didactic instructional methods include lecture, case-based problem-solving, small group activities and discussion, review of current literature, and simulations. Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is incorporated throughout the curriculum, with specific activities to examine the current professional literature and patient outcomes data in each topical area of didactic instruction. The culmination of EBP curricular content is completion of an evidence-based process improvement project.


Benefits of the Program:

  • Strengthen your nursing skills with structured expert mentorship throughout the program
  • Enhance your critical thinking and leadership skills in a variety of settings
  • Paid position with medical benefits
  • No required night shift or holidays
  • 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:

  • US citizen and recent graduate of BSN or MSN (entry level) nursing program accredited by CCNE or ACEN
  • RN licensure
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Commit to completing the 1-year residency program.
  • Must be vaccinated against COVID 19.
  • Submit Resume’ no more than two pages.
  • Personal statement of 400 words “Why I wish to be selected for the Robley Rex VA Medical Center’s Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency program.”
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: One from a clinical instructor and one from a Nurse Manager/Assistant Nurse Manager of Unit of Senior Capstone Experience (or if you are employed as a NA or PCA-your immediate Nurse supervisor). Have faculty email directly to PBNR Program Director.
  • Transcripts: Official from school emailed to PBNR Program Director.
  • Deadline to apply-please contact the PB-RNR Program Director.





Tammi Hiemer MSN, RN

Program Director

VA Louisville health care