Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nursing students to attend Veterans Affairs residency program

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Four students from the College of Nursing at Georgia Regents University have been selected to participate in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA Learning Opportunities Residency Program this summer.

Senior nursing students Nicole Brown, Charles Videna, Ginger Brown, and Mehul Patel will attend the prestigious VALOR residency program at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta. VALOR gives outstanding registered nursing students who have completed their junior year in an accredited clinical program the opportunity to develop clinical nursing skills at a VA-approved health care facility.

VALOR is considered an honors program, requiring students to have a 3.0 GPA or higher. The program only accepts 375 new nursing students nationwide each year.

“This is a highly competitive process and to be chosen is a tremendous honor,” said Rebecca Rule, Interim GRU-BSN Program Director. “It’s a privilege to work with our veterans.”

Learning opportunities will include classroom experiences, competency-based clinical practice with a qualified registered nurse preceptor, and participation in nursing-focused clinical conferences.

The VALOR Program also opens doors for participants with more than 50 percent of them being hired as registered nurses in Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities. During the summer, VALOR students may be hired on a full- or part-time basis and may continue working during their senior year on a part-time basis.

VALOR participants who accept a position with Veterans Affairs upon graduation are usually hired one-to-three steps above entry level because the participants are already familiar with VA and its practice requirements.

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