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

Send applications to The VAPIHCS Post Baccalaureate - Registered Nurse Residency (PB-RNR) Program is part of a Nationwide network of federally funded residency programs. We offer a 1-year comprehensive nurse residency program. What do I need to apply? - A current resume (include clinical hours) - A transcript from your school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 reflected. This can be an unofficial copy, to include electronic version. - A one-page essay on why you want to be a VA nurse - Two letters of recommendation; from academic faculty and from clinical faculty.

During our program, we provide opportunities to immerse the new graduate nurse into the role of a professional competent nurse utilizing a variety of clinical rotations. The goal of the PB-RNR program is to recruit new graduate nurses seeking lifelong learning and the pursuit of nursing leadership while providing excellent and compassionate care to our nation’s heroes, our Veterans.

Why VA Pacific Islands Post Baccalaureate - Registered Nurse Residency Program?

We utilize multimodal approaches to facilitate learning that will assist the residents from a novice nurse to professionally competent nurse through:

  • Clinical immersion
    • Dedicated Preceptor Model
  • Interactive learning sessions that include:
    • Case Studies
    • Clinical narratives
    • Evidence Based Projects
    • Grand rounds
    • Guided discussion
    • Presentations
    • Role modeling

Our residency training consists of precepted clinical rotations:

  • Primary Care
  • Acute Care
  • Specialty Care
  • Leadership

Valuable Benefits Include:

  • Competitive Pay
  • Insurance – multiple options are available for medical, dental, vision & life   
  • Scholarships for graduate programs available one-year after residency completion
  • Retirement – Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) & Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) available after residency
  • 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 per pay period upon hire to a full-time position and the completion of their residency.

Accepting applications January 1, 2024 - March 15, 2024 for Summer 2024 Cohort



Elizabeth Yarbrough MSN, RN

Elizabeth Yarbrough MSN, RN

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

VANAP Faculty, VA Nursing Academic Education

VA Pacific Island Health Care System