Nurse Practitioner Residency | VA Southern Nevada Health Care – Veterans Affairs

The VASNHS’ program is a 12-month Post-Graduate training program designed to transition a new graduate nurse practitioner (AGNP, FNP or PMHNP) into experienced novice care providers. Evidence continues to grow in support of residency programs for new nurse practitioners stating these providers have higher self-reported scores pertaining to their competencies and confidence levels in clinical roles and skill sets. Our programs include veteran centric didactics and supervised clinical experiences with opportunities for the residents to grow in areas of interest or need. Early in the program, program faculty assist residents to identify educational needs, professional goals, and potential career paths.

In addition, residents will receive education covering the organization’s history, culture, and processes to prepare residents to navigate this complex system and provide a foundation for a potential career in Veteran Affairs. There are various didactic experiences available including Grand Rounds, peer education (case studies, educational reviews, treatment maps, quality improvement projects), chart reviews, reflective journaling, group supervision. From the residents’ first day, residents will be warmly welcomed by the organization and treated as important members of the VA of Southern Nevada Health System team. Primary care and mental health nurse practitioner residents interact extensively to include collaboration on clinical cases and learning activities

The combination of activities fosters improved knowledge, enhanced leadership skills, confidence, and competence. Every aspect of the program is designed to support the residents and propel them towards success. Program faculty are committed to ensuring residents are provided with an optimal learning environment including robust professional supervision and mentorship. The position is designed for nurse practitioner graduates who hope to practice in the Veterans Healthcare System.

These programs include an educational partnership between the VASNHS and University of Nevada in Las Vegas and the University of Nevada in Reno. The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) provides generous support for the development and administration of VA health professions clinical training programs and oversees the NPR programs in collaboration with the VA’s Office of Nursing Services.