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Make It Your Mission: Apply in confidence for a future nursing career (NA, LPN, RN, APRN, or CRNA), support is here so you can focus on what matters most:  our mission to heal and care for Veterans so they can thrive in life after military service. 

Continuing Education Scholarship Opportunities RN, LPN and NA

Accredited Nurse Residency Programs

The Tomah VA Medical Center is proud to have two outstanding, CCNE accredited nurse residency programs.  Each program provides support to new graduate RNs in unique ways including both specialized experiential and further didactic training.   Below is information on both programs, as well as details about nursing at our facility, and how to apply for your next career in nursing.

Nurse Transition to Practice (TTP) Residency Program

Internship and Opportunities for Nursing Students

This clinically intensive paid internship provides opportunities for outstanding students to develop competencies in clinical nursing while at an approved VA health care facility. Opportunities for learning include didactic classroom and simulation experiences, competency-based clinical practice with a qualified Registered Nurse preceptor, and participation in nursing-focused clinical conferences.

VA STEP Program

Student Nurse Technician


Hospital and Clinic Areas

401A - Home Sweet Home – A 20 bed general medical long-term care neighborhood. Adult to geriatric population whose abilities range from being independent to needing total cares.

401B – Journey Home – This 20-bed neighborhood specializes in end-of-life and respite care. 

403AN Stepping Stones - Stepping Stones is a 13-bed transitional mental health neighborhood that provides recovery-based rehabilitative care for a diverse population of Veterans with various mental health needs.

403BWhispering Pines - a 25 bed is a long term Geropsychiatric care neighborhood that provides care to Veterans with a variety of chronic mental illnesses.

406BNorthwoods Lodge – A 20 bed unit specializing in Dementia care.  Staff use a variety of new techniques developed to provide safe and effective care to our Veterans with Dementia. 

409/410– Small Homes – A 20 bed short stay skilled nursing care neighborhood specializing in orthopedics, skilled care, rehabilitation, and wound care. Also, we provide 10day observation stays prior to admission to Long Term Care and Hospice.

Float Pool (CLC/Acute/MH) - The float pool staff is the heart of the VA. Community Living Centers, Acute Rehab and Medicine, Urgent Care, and Mental Health. Nursing personnel are required to have PMDB IV and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Float staff address immediate needs of nurse staffing on all neighborhoods within the facility. 

Acute Care:

400A – Americana - A 10 bed acute medical unit. Veterans admitted with chronic disease exacerbations (CHF/COPD), cardiac rhythm disturbances, infectious disease processes, alcohol detoxification, and medically unstable mental health conditions. Also, responsible for blood transfusions and outpatient infusion services (weekends).

Urgent Care - The Urgent Care is open 7 days a week, 0700-1900 M-F & 0700-1700 Wknds/holidays for Veterans who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care, but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to an Emergency Room. 

Mental Health:

403A – New Freedom - 11 bed inpatient acute psychiatric unit.  Assist Veterans in their recovery during acute mental illness.  Nurse would be part of an interdisciplinary team helping Veterans with various mental health needs.  Many structured groups are offered on the unit and opportunity to add interesting groups.

Mental Health Residential Treatment Program- The residential program is comprised of 70 beds that provides a safe, structured setting for Veterans working on various mental health and psychosocial related needs such as: Substance Abuse, Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma, and Homelessness.  Men and Women Veterans in this setting are generally independent, spend 4 or more hours per day in programming, frequently come and go from the unit and the facility.  Primary responsibilities for all staff include supporting the therapeutic environment and safety monitoring (completing rounding of patient rooms and public areas, completing searches of belongings and rooms for prohibited items, completing urinary drug screen collection, vital signs, and frequent interactions).  RN’s additional responsibilities include medication management (passing medication, medication education, medication reconciliation) completing nursing assessments, care planning, and facilitation of group education. 

Things to know:

Whole Health System of Care - The Tomah VA was selected as one of eighteen flagship sites to receive grant funding for three years to roll out the Whole Health System of Care which includes utilizing Whole Health Coaches in both the outpatient and inpatient areas.  Whole Health Services include healing touch, acupuncture, and mindfulness. We have just completed our first year and are currently #1 in implementation nationwide of all flagship facilities.  We are particularly proud of this, as some of the other flagship sites include locations like Boston and Tampa.  The implementation of Whole Health requires a great deal of flexibility and collaboration.  Whole Health Coaches play a vital role in this, as they are educating both staff and Veterans about this cultural shift and about new services available to them.

Facility Awards, Achievements and Accreditations

  • Recognized as a Dementia Friendly medical center
  • Nurse residency programs are Accredited from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Nurses are recognized with DAISY Awards for nursing excellence
  • Staff that support nurses are recognized with local Bee Awards

TOP 10 Reasons to Choose VA: From a sense of purpose to benefits that change lives, we offer opportunities that are hard to beat.

  1. The best patients — Veterans

  2. The mission to serve America

  3. Nation’s largest health care system

  4. Access to cutting edge technology

  5. Education support

  6. Work/life balance

  7. Exceptional benefits

  8. Team-based, patient-focused

  9. Live and work anywhere

  10. Leadership training

Apply Today - Our needs are always changing and expanding. If you would like to APPLY for openings, EMAIL your resume and cover letter (optional) that details your career goals to Samantha Knauer, our Nurse Recruiter. Hopefully your future career goals align with one of our unique opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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