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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits VA Puget Sound’s new Post Baccalaureate Registered Nursing Residency Program

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With a 75-year history of cutting-edge academic partnerships, VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s five-year Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation for its new Post Baccalaureate Registered Nursing Residency Program comes as no surprise.

What may come as a surprise, it is the first such program to receive accreditation in Washington State.

“VA Puget Sound has strong and mutually beneficial partnership with leading schools of nursing, offering nurses innovative and progressive training,” said VA Puget Sound Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program Co-Director Marie Therese Timbol-Padriga. “Our new nursing residency program builds on our passion to learn and power to heal."

“While all residency programs offer nurses the opportunity to care for patients, only at the VA do they have the opportunity to care for our nation’s heroes, the veterans we serve,” added Timbol-Padriga.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. The Commission strives to promote the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency/fellowship programs in nursing. 

VA Puget Sound’s new Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month residency program (366 days) is for new graduate registered nurses interested in transitioning to primary care nurse manager roles. The program transitions first year nurses from an academic to practice setting in a mentored environment with the depth, breadth, volume, and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as a proficient registered nurses in acute and ambulatory care.

The application deadline is April 28, 2023, for the 2023-2024 nurse residency program that begins August 1, 2023. The program includes competitive stipend, government health care plans (options for dental and life insurance), 10 paid holidays and participate accrue paid annual vacation and sick leave at a rate of 4 hours every two-week pay period.

For questions and information about the Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program email or call 206-768-5390.

About VA’s history of academic affiliations

VA Puget Sound Health Care System trains an average of 1,700 health care professional annually—from nurses and physicians to social workers and psychologists.

Through its more than 150 active associated health, graduate medical education, nursing undergraduate, graduate, and research affiliations in Pacific Northwest and beyond, VA Puget Sound offers innovation and progressive training. And its collaborations with University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research are integral to ongoing discoveries.

VA’s academic mission began in 1946, establishing a remarkable partnership between VA and its academic affiliates. Seventy-five years later, VA provides training to nearly 70 percent of all U.S. physicians. Approximately 120,000 health professions trainees help care for more than 9 million Veterans at clinical sites around the country.

Affiliated with more than 1,800 academic institutions including 97 percent of America’s medical schools, VA nationally trains future health professionals in over 40 disciplines including physicians, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers.

For more information about academic affiliates, visit VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) visit VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations website. For details on anniversary activities, go to the OAA 75th anniversary webpage.

About VA Puget Sound Health Care System:

VA Puget Sound provides comprehensive care to about 156,000 enrolled Veterans across the Pacific Northwest at one of its 11 care sites: two main campuses (American Lake and Seattle), seven outpatient clinics (Edmonds, Everett, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Port Angeles, Puyallup and Silverdale) and two Community Resource & Referral Centers (Georgetown in Seattle and Renton). As the VA’s 4th largest research program, VA Puget Sound has research in virtually every major clinical department, including: TBI and multiple blast exposures; memory improvement and Alzheimer's Disease; PTSD and deployment health; Parkinson’s Disease; diabetes; cancer; substance abuse; lower limb prosthetics; genomics; and Health Services. Additionally, it has seven nationally recognized Centers of Excellence (in areas from limb-loss prevention and prosthetic engineering to primary care education and substance abuse treatment). For more information visit or call 800-329-8387.  For Veterans in Crisis, please use the Veterans Crisis line at 800-273-8255 (press 1).

Veterans who have not explored health care eligibility are encouraged to find out by visiting or by calling 877-222-8387 to learn more.

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