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Registered Nurse Residency | Post-Baccalaureate

The Miami VA Healthcare System (MVAHS) Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program (PB-RNR) is a one-year (12 months) program during which the trainees have 100% protected time to master the complexities of caring for Veterans. The federally funded traineeship nurse residency program by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) at the Miami VAHCS is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


To facilitate the transition of newly graduated nurses from novice to competent professional in a caring and skilled environment, while developing professional leadership ability and promoting excellence in Veteran care.

Our Values

Our values is to provide care that exhibit: Integrity Commitment Advocacy Respect Excellence


The philosophy of our PB-RNR programs is to reach the “the highest levels of significant learning that include personal involvement at both the affective and cognitive levels, are self-initiated, and are so pervasive they could change attitudes, behavior, and in some cases, even the personality of the learner (Carl Rogers).


This is an intensive 12-month residency program for 10 competitive positions.

A. Clinical Component: Three-phase of precepted clinical rotation on preparing the new graduate nurse to transition into professional role in the following site: acute care, Critical or Specialty Care and Leadership/site of chosen area for final rotation. Experiential clinical rotation in, mental health, ambulatory, Telehealth and outpatient settings.

B. Didactic Component: There will be an average of weekly classroom activities, that includes academic/learning activities, post-clinical conference for experiential learning and evaluation, and/or opportunities to complete experiential assignments. This includes guided evidence-based study.

As federally funded, each resident will receive the following benefits:

  • 12-month stipend amounting to $61,462
  • Insurance: multiple options are available for medical, dental, vision & life
  • Accrual of paid Sick and Annual leave: 4 hours of sick Leave and 4 hours of annual leave every 2 weeks. Prior military members may receive more based-on time in service. All nursing staff will receive 4 hours of sick and 8 hours of annual leave after they finish their residency.
  • Access to the VA-Trainee Recruitment Event (VA-TRE) connecting trainees with VA facilities across the nation that have job openings, match them to interview with these sites, place trainees where there is a good fit and retain trainees in the VA system.
  • Reserve Military Leave – 2 weeks of paid leave for Reserve annual tour


Requirements for applicants to Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Resident:

  1. Must be a U.S. citizen
  2. BSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program
  3. Must not have had ANY paid RN or paid Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) work experience
  4. Current unrestricted RN license (passed NCLEX at the latest, a month prior to the start of the residency program)
  5. Must have graduated less than a year from program start date with a GPA 3.0.

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Application/Essay
  2. Resume: must include your “unpaid” and “paid” clinical experiences
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. School of Nursing Faculty References (3) using the recommendation form.

Email the program director for application packet and brochure.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Daisy Galindo-Ciocon, PhD., RN Faculty Program Director, Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program (PB-RNR)
Phone: 305-575-7000 ext. 13611

Jamie Chatzipoulios, Coordinator, at  ext. 13827