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Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency (PB-RNR) Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Resident (PB-RNR) program at the Marion VA Health Care System offers newly graduated Registered Nurses the opportunity to participate in a 12-month training program, working under the guidance of preceptors in a variety of clinical areas

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About the Marion VA Health Care System

Built in 1942, The Marion VA Health Care System is a Joint Commission accredited facility with 45 acute care beds (which include five Intensive Care Unit Beds), a 54-bed Community Living Center (CLC), a 20-bed Residential Rehabilitative Treatment Program (RRTP) and a free-standing Center for Behavioral Health located in Marion, Illinois.


We offer a full continuum of care in both inpatient and outpatient such as surgery (inpatient and outpatient), primary care (including home-based primary care services), medical/specialty subspecialty services, behavioral medicine services (including mental health intensive care management), physical medicine and rehabilitation, women’s health services, long and short-term care, chaplain services, clinical nutrition/dietetics services, and social work services.


Specialty services include (but not limited to) oncology, hematology, cardiology (including cardiac catherization and pacemaker implantations), urology, orthopedics, pulmonology, podiatry, ophthalmology, optometry, audiology, dermatology, gynecology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, nephrology, respiratory therapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, wound care, pain management, spinal cord injury (SCI), visually impaired services, palliative care, and dentistry.

The Marion VA Health Care System also operates the Evansville Health Care center in Evansville IN and
ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) across three states (IL, IN, and KY).

Program Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Resident (PB-RNR) is a newly graduated Registered Nurse who participates in a 12-month trainee program, working under the guidance of preceptors in a variety of clinical areas. As a nurse resident you will participate in a comprehensive plan of study incorporating both didactic and clinical experiences with the focus of transitioning from a novice to competent nurse who is skilled in caring for Veterans and their families. Admission occurs bi-annually in the spring and fall.

The curriculum of the 12-month residency program is based upon the Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education (CCNE) standards for entry to practice nurse residency programs and is centered on leadership, patient outcomes, and professional role development.  

The curriculum is also designed to reflect a progression from care of the general, non-acutely ill patient, to the more complex or specialty patient population.  Residents participate in weekly didactic sessions and coursework to support their professional role transition, safe care delivery, advancement in critical thinking, and development of evidenced-based clinical care.

Mission, Goals and Expected Outcomes

Mission

Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program will honor and serve American’s Veteran’s by preparing new graduate nurses to care for the Veteran population by providing structured learning and comprehensive practice environment that facilitates new graduate transition from novice to competent nursing practice.

 

PB-RNR Expected Outcomes  

  • 80% retention of PBRNR residents with the VA
  • 70% completion rate of residents in the PBRNR program
  • By 6 months, 80% of the residents will disagree (2) or strongly disagree (1) with the statement “I feel overwhelmed by my patient care responsibilities and workload” according to the Casey-Fink Survey
  • By 6 months, 80% of the residents will disagree (2) or strongly disagree (1) with the statement “I am having difficulty prioritizing patient care needs” according to the Casey-Fink Survey
  • By 12 months, 80% of residents will agree (3) or strongly agree (4) at 6 months with the statement “I feel prepared to complete my job responsibilities” from the Casey-Fink Survey.
  • 80% of PB-RNR residents will achieve a score of greater than or equal to 4 (intermediate) at the 6-month preceptor evaluation on the 6 competency areas of Management and Delivery of Quality Patient Care and 5 competency areas of Professional Role and Leadership.
  • 80% of PB-RNR residents will achieve a score of greater than or equal to 5 advanced beginner) at the 12-month preceptor evaluation on the 6 competency areas of Management and Delivery of Quality Patient Care and 5 competency areas of Professional Role and Leadership

Benefits of the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program (PB-RNR)

  • Enhance your nursing clinical and leadership skills.
  • Experience a Veteran-centric learning and practice environment.
  • Increase your confidence in providing competent nursing care to complex patients in a variety of settings that may include acute/critical care, medical-surgical services, outpatient services, mental health, rehab/long term care, geriatrics, spinal cord injury, or other specialty areas.
  • Paid position
  • Accrue sick and annual leave
  • 11 paid Federal Holidays
  • Tour of Duty:  Monday through Friday, typically 8 hr. shifts (no nights, holidays, or weekends unless special circumstances)
  • Health benefits offered
  • Hiring preference for open positions within the facility with successful completion of the program

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate of a BSN or MSN (entry level) degree program accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Must possess a current full, active, and unrestricted RN license prior to program start date.
  • Active BLS certification
  • Be a U.S. Citizen and meet standards for onboarding including background/security investigation as required by the Marion VA Health Care System
  • Additional information on Eligibility to be a VA Health Professions Trainee can be found here: Am I Eligible? Checklist for VA HPTs

How to Apply

Application Submission

Send resume and/or any questions to:

Xennia Gruszczyk, MSN, RN

PB-RNR Program Director

xennia.gruszczyk@va.gov

ext. 159523