Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program | VA New Mexico Health Care

PB-RNR Residency Program Application

Thank you for your interest in the Registered Nurses Post-Baccalaureate Residency Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The mission of this program is to provide registered nurses with exceptional clinical training, education, and mentorship to enhance clinical competence, increase confidence in practicing independently, and are well prepared to provide high-quality veteran care. The New Mexico Virginia Healthcare System (NMVAHCS) is centered in Albuquerque on a busy, historic campus with a broad service area covering the entire state of New Mexico and parts of southern Colorado and eastern Arizona. After a basic clinical experience, resident nurses will select from specialized areas of continuing clinical education.

Program Structure

The residency is 12 months long and will include clinical courses and multidisciplinary experiences focused on facilitating the transition of the newly graduated baccalaureate nurse from advanced entry-level to qualified professional nurses with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide exceptional care to veterans.

Skills Intensive: Recognizing that skills competency is a significant barrier to advancement and a preoccupation for recent graduate nurses, self-assessment and faculty assessment of skills will be completed upon entry into the residency programme. With faculty input, each evaluator will develop a customized plan to address skill gaps with subject matter experts at the facility. The first two to four weeks of residency will focus on improving skills to increase efficiency, confidence and safety.

Clinical Activities: After skill intensification, a dedicated trainer will be assigned to the residents of the Medsurge unit for a period of approximately three months. Alternative positions may be considered based on experience, preference, and career goals. In about four months, the program manager and evaluator will develop an initial career plan. Based on this plan, the following clinical courses/shifts will be selected. This may include the step-down unit, critical care areas, psychiatric specialties, and clinic locations. In about eight months, the career plan will be re-evaluated and the assessor can identify his or her area of ​​interest for potential work.

Educational Activities: Educational activities will link clinical scholarship with bedside practice and veteran-centered care. Examples of activities include case studies, presentations by subject and leadership experts, article and newspaper reviews, clinical reflections, and interprofessional education. An evidence-based quality improvement project including LEAN Healthcare Training will be contested during this time. Training will be provided by a PI specialist from the Innovation, Reliability, Informatics and Improvement (IRI) service to ensure the project is understood and completed successfully.

Training Areas: NMVAHCS prides itself on collaborating across service and professional lines for the benefit of interns, staff, and veterans. Subject matter experts across the facility will participate in the comprehensive training offered in the PB-RNR Program. All areas of inpatient nursing care will be used as well as procedural areas such as the catheter lab, GI studies, urology clinic and infusion clinic. Specialty areas such as psychiatric inpatient units, outpatient clinics (primary care, shared clinics, primary mental health care), community living center, spinal cord unit, residential treatment units, and the homeless outreach program will also be included. Particular emphasis will be placed on activities and areas that allow residents to fully appreciate the uniquely integrated victim assistance approach and the VA’s commitment to suicide prevention, homelessness reduction, and PTSD care.

The strong academic partnership between NMVAHCS and the University of New Mexico School of Nursing (UNM CON) will enable PB-RN residents to enhance clinical, communication and practical skills. Residents will participate in structured activities that balance skill mastery, development of critical thinking, interprofessional collaboration, and scholarly endeavors to transition newly graduated baccalaureate nurses from apprentices to qualified professional nurses.

PB- RNR Salary and Benefits

Residents of our program are considered federal trainees with a competitive salary/salary of $56,240 and a comprehensive benefits package that partially includes paid time off, sick leave, 10 paid time off and health benefits. The resident’s salary depends on the current year’s allocation rate for the local area.

Application process The program currently supports a total of six (6) residents annually.
1. PB-RNR Eligibility:

  • United States citizenship
  • Graduated from a baccalaureate program in a nursing program accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Commission on Accreditation for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • First round RN
  • Fresh graduate (within the last 12 months)
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Complete all of the following upon program acceptance: medication screening, background check, laboratory and physical examination, tuberculosis skin test, influenza vaccine, and hepatitis B titration.
  1. Form requirements:
  1. Complete VA Form 2850-D PB-RNR Application Application
  1. A CV/resume to include all of the following In this sequence:
  • education
  • Work experience including training or participation in VALOR and military service
  • Activities related to healthcare volunteers
  • Student Nurses Syndicate Participation
  • Awards and Honors
  1. Other requirements:
  • ‘Informal’ nursing school transcripts (official transcripts required upon graduation)
  • A recent version of BLS
  • Copy of RN License (if not available at time of application, include scheduled NCLEX date; valid RN license required prior to beginning of residency)**

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • GPA (at least a 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale)
  • VALOR or Participating Nurse Practitioner
  • Volunteer activities related to health care
  • Participation of the Student Association of Nurses
  • Military service

Completed applications will be immediately submitted for consideration and candidates will be considered until all positions are filled; Therefore, early application is highly recommended. For questions regarding the application process or the residency program, please email (preferred),, or call 505-265-1711 ext. 2790. Electronically submit completed application requirements By email to me:

Clinical Affiliation Coordinator

505-265-1711 ext. 2364 or ext. 4587

Please copy to:, Dr. Victoria Yu, Director of Residency at PB-RNR

  1. Program start date: Friday 15 October 2021

The acceptance letter will include follow-up instructions regarding completion of the HR process, introductory meetings with the accommodation manager and coordinator, information regarding the accommodation assignment, and new employee orientation.

Residency contacts:

Victoria Yu, DNP, JD, RN

Director of the New Mexico Residency Program VAHCS PB-RNR

Cynthia Nuttall, Ph.D., RN New Mexico VAHCS PB-RNR Residency Program Coordinator

Sibrina Oliver, MSN, RN

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