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Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

The VA Portland Health Care System Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is for newly graduated Nurse Practitioners who are interested in a rewarding career caring for our nation’s Veterans and their unique healthcare needs.

Mission:

To develop competent, confident, practice-ready Nurse Practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills to address the specific needs of our nation's Veterans and increase their access to care.

Program Description:

The VA Portland Health Care System Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is for newly graduated Nurse Practitioners who are interested in a rewarding career caring for our nation’s Veterans and their unique healthcare needs. The NP residency is a 12-month post-graduate, precepted training program within the Primary Care setting with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of leadership skills within a dynamic and complex health care setting. Residents will manage a panel of patients alongside a dedicated NP clinical supervisor. In addition to Primary Care, the program includes specialty rotations customized for the specific learning needs identified by the NP resident.

Program Goals:

  • Provide novice nurse practitioners with a depth, breadth, volume, and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of the country’s changing healthcare landscape.
  •  Provide a curriculum that builds upon an advanced practice nursing foundation gained during the graduate school nurse practitioner curriculum and experiences.
  • Provide 100% protected time for novice NPs to master the complexities of providing Veteran-centric care within an interdisciplinary training environment.
  • Provide training in team-based, patient-centered care with curriculum focused on issues specific to ambulatory medicine with interactive learning activities, including simulation, case-based learning, journal club, and other innovative training methodologies.
  • Engages in an evidence-based project that focuses on the improvement  of care within the primary care arena.
  • Provide clinical specialty rotations based on residents’ identified learning needs to enhance their knowledge base with high priority populations (Cardiovascular, Dermatology, Women’s Health, Homeless Veteran Care, Substance Abuse management).
  • Enhance the growth of leadership skills through professional development opportunities.
  • Recruit and retain residents into NP roles within the VAPORHCS or the Veterans Health Administration.

Benefits:  

  • Approximately $83,000/year annual stipend
  • Healthcare insurance including vision and dental coverage
  • 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave bi-weekly
  • 11 paid federal holidays
  • No weekend or night shift duties
  • Gateway to an exciting and rewarding career caring for our nation’s Veterans

 Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Graduated from an accredited master’s or Doctor of Nursing practice program within the past 12 months
  • Board certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care or Family Nurse Practitioner from AANP or ANCC accrediting bodies (must have prior to September 1st).
  • State APRN licensure (must have prior to September 1st).
  • DEA certification will be provided by the institution
  • BLS certification
  • US citizenship

 Important dates:

  • Applications will be accepted from May 1-May 31st. No applications will be accepted after June 1st.
  • The residency year begins mid-September and concludes the following September.

Questions?

Please email Lakshi.Aldredge@va.gov or call 503-273-5311