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Post-baccalaureate registered nurse residency program

Thank you for your interest in the post-baccalaureate registered nurse residency (PBRNR) program. We aim to bridge education and practice by developing novice baccalaureate nurses into safe, competent professionals who will care for Veterans using clinical evidence to guide practice. The federally funded nurse residency program at VANTHCS is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

How to apply: 

  • Applicants will be contacted if selected for an interview.
  • Resume
  • Official graduate school transcripts. Note: No transcript weblinks will be accepted. 
  • Essay addressing (no more than 1,000 words):
    • Why you are interested in the program?
    • Why you want to care for Veterans?
    • Five year career goals.
  • Personal Statement:
    • What are your aspirations for a VA Residency program? 
      • Note: Limit to one (1) page
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: one academic and one professional letter in sealed envelopes or emailed directly from the individual writing the letter. 
PBRNR program goals

Support professional role transition, integration, and socialization to enable residents to:

  • Transition from novice to advanced beginner nurse to competent professional nurse who provides safe and quality care.
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance.
  • Develop strategies to incorporate research-based and other evidence into practice.
  • Develop clinical leadership skills at the point of patient care.
  • Practice collaboratively as members of the interprofessional healthcare team.
  • Formulate an individual career plan that promotes a life-long commitment to professional nursing.
PBRNR program outcome
  • Articulate a professional development and career plan that projects goals that include lifelong learning, participation in shared governance, professional certification, and clinical leadership.
  • Transition PBRNR resident to the role of staff nurse at VA North Texas .
PBRNR program structure
  • Phase I and Phase II: Experiential Learning
  • Phase III: Clinical Rotations
  • Phase IV: Immersion Experiences
PBRNR program minimum qualifications
  • U.S. citizen
  • Novice nurse with less than 1 year of prior nursing experience
  • Graduate of a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE) accredited baccalaureate nurse program
  • Meet conditions of VA employment
  • Possess an unencumbered RN license by July 1st
  • Minimal GPA 3.0
PBRNR program salary and benefits
  • 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.
  • 10 paid holidays.
  • PTO & sick leave accrued per pay period.
  • 100% Protected Learning Time.
  • Other VA unmatched benefits.
PBRNR program faculty

Tiffany Grant MSN, RN-BC
Program Director
4500 S. Lancaster Rd. Dallas, TX 75216

Atalie Henderson DNP, RN , RRT
Program Coordinator
4500 S. Lancaster Rd. Dallas, TX 75216