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Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency

The Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency program is grant-funded and supported by the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System and the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Fran & Earl Ziegler College of Nursing. It is a highly competitive program seeking new Registered Nurses for an intensive, 12-month academic-based residency which incorporates a clinical, didactic, and evidence-based curriculum.

It is the only CCNE accredited RN transition to practice residency in the state of Oklahoma and, as such, there are rigorous accreditation standards guiding the development of the curriculum and learning activities designed to help develop essential competencies for graduate nurses.

The focus of the Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency program is to prepare the new graduate RN for successful transition into acute care, ambulatory and outpatient settings. Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residents are considered trainees, receiving a stipend and benefits during their year of advanced training. The program uses the Patricia Benner “Novice to Expert” theoretical framework. Veteran-centric continuity of care is stressed in transition of care from inpatient to outpatient settings, acute and long-term care, critical care, and mental health programs. The resident is an integral part of interdisciplinary teams and will have the opportunity to enhance clinical and leadership skills in a variety of settings. Post-Baccalaureate registered nurse residency residents are considered health professions trainees and there is no commitment required for continued employment after the completion of the year-long program. Residents are not part of staffing matric

Program goals

Successful graduates of the program are well positioned to begin a professional nursing career at the Oklahoma City VA Healthcare System. The goal of the program is to have the residents successfully transition from entry-level advanced beginner nurses to competent, professional nurses. The program strives to foster participation in collaborative practice in an interprofessional healthcare team and to develop clinical leadership skills. Research and evidence-based practice are emphasized throughout the residency. Residents are encouraged to formulate an individual career development plan promoting life-long commitment to professional nursing.


This is a 12-month paid academic-based residency. Residents will have a 100 percent protected time while in the program. They will have a curriculum that provides a variety of learning opportunities including didactic, web-based and simulation training in accordance with CCNE Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program standards.

Eligibility requirements

Must have graduated from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program with a BSN or MSN applying for their first RN role. Minimum grade point average on graduation must be at least 3.0. Applicants should have a current, unrestricted RN license prior to the start of the program. All applicants must pass a pre-employment medical exam as well as drug testing. The applicant must be able to complete 366 days of training starting in August/September. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.

How to apply

Applicants will need to fill out VA Form 10-2850D, Application for Health Professions Trainees. Applicants will need a resume, cover letter and application. Please include a one-page narrative describing why you are interested in the Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency program. Please include official transcripts as well as four letters of support. One letter of support should be from the dean of the accredited nursing program, two faculty letters (at least one from clinical faculty) and one professional letter of support. Please make sure letters of support are on official college or business stationary.

Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency program checklist

☐ Cover letter

☐ Application

☐ The Declaration for Federal Employment

☐ Resume

☐ Official transcripts

☐ A one-page narrative describing why you are interested in PBRNR in the VAHCS and your future goals

☐ Four letters of support: Dean, two Faculty, (one must be from clinical faculty) and one professional.  All letters of support must be on official college or business

Application date

Applications will be accepted from April 4, 2022 until the close of business on April 22, 2022. Please send application materials to:
Dr. Rosie Hughes